Sonke Gender Justice Network Calls on men to join ONE BILLION RISING CAMPAIGN

South Africa, 11 February 2013

One Billion RisingOn February 14, South Africa will be part of a global movement for change – ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Sonke Gender Justice and partners will take to a rooftop overlooking Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, and welcome dawn rising on Table Mountain in Cape Town, to express their outrage, demand change, and RISE against injustice, demanding an end to violence against women.

ONE BILLION RISING is a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. Featuring flash mobs and a dance sequence choreographed by legendary dancer Debbie Allen, the campaign invites women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and break the chain of violence.

In Cape Town, Sonke is organising a dawn ceremony on Table Mountain, including inviting people to join in the “Break the Chain” dance.  The ceremony will be joined by the Honorable Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. There will also be performances of the dance at Sonke’s Cape Town office and Cape Town station.

In Johannesburg, Sonke, in partnership with Rosebank College, will bring together activists from Soweto and students to the rooftop of Rosebank College to dance, strike and rise overlooking the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge. From there, the group will walk to the main campaign event, to be held at Constitutional Hill as they remember Anene Booysen, the 17-year-old teenager who was brutally gang raped, mutilated and left to die in a Western Cape settlement.

“There has been a lot of public outrage about the tragedy of Anene Booysen,” says Sonke’s chairperson Sisonke Msimang. “We are asking that people channel their outrage into action, to stand up and demand change now, change in our society, our communities, and ourselves. One by one, we can make a difference. We ask the government to respond decisively to the national crisis we are confronting”.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of V-Day. “When we started V-Day, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said founder Eve Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign”.

“We call on men and boys especially to hold one another accountable for their actions in the public and private spheres,” says Sonke’s Government and Media Relations Manager Mbuyiselo Botha. “We must say enough is enough, NOT IN MY NAME. Men and boys must rise and take action to stop violence against women in our country”.

For more information about ONE BILLION RISING, and the Cape Town and Johannesburg events, please contact:

Nomonde Nyembe – Sonke Johannesburg Office
Cell: 076 100 6156 or 011 339 3589 ext 219

Gillian Schutte – OBR  Coordinator
Cell: 083 598 0505

Aadielah Maker – Sonke Cape Town Office
Cell: 082 338 8308 or 021 423 7088 ext 239

Programme for the One Billion Rising Campaign 14 Feb 2013
Sonke Gender Justice Network and Rosebank College – Johannesburg
13h15-13h45: Break the Chains dance session with Rosebank College students, Sonke staff and Sonke Community Action Team members from Soweto

14h00-14h30: Handout of awareness material on Mandela Bridge

15h00-16h00: Walk through the streets of Braamfontein to Constitution Hill Remembering Anene Booysen

16h00 onwards: Participation in One Billion Rising main event at Constitution Hill

Programme for the One Billion Rising Campaign, 14 Feb 2013
Sonke  Gender Justice Network Cape Town

6h00-10h00DAWN RISING @ Table Mountain
6h00 -7h00: Prayers by Khoisan, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Traditional African spiritual leaders

7h00 -7h10: Speech by Minister of Social Development

7h10 -7h20: Traditional Indian dance

7h20 -7h30: Dance to empower by Senior Sonke Manager

7h30 -7h55: Break the Chains dance

8h00: Rise up with Table Mountain

8h15: Dance on the Mountain
Drumming by Dance for Life
11h00-13h00: Break the Chain dance from Sonke balcony, Handing out pamphlets and roses in Adderley Street

RISE UP and TAKE ACTION banners displayed on buildings across the city12h00-13h00Break the Chains dance on Cape Town station

Drumming by Dance for Life.

About One Billion Rising
One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION WOMEN violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On 14th February 2013, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, One Billion Rising is inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. V-Day wants the world to see the collective strength, numbers and solidarity across borders. Join V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING today and SAY NO to violence against women and girls. To sign up and learn more, visit:

About V-Day
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. V-Day’s newest campaign is ONE BILLION RISING which will culminate on 021413 with a global action worldwide.

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