One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. This means one billion women! The One Billion Rising movement is a global call to end violence against women and girls. It’s a call to move, to dance, to shake the earth, to break the silence, to release our stories, to celebrate survival and to demand the right to simply feel safe.
The campaign is in recognition of the fact that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.
Last year women (and men) came out in numbers to be part of this worldwide campaign and in 207 countries people came out and danced demanding an end to violence against women and girls. People danced in Harare’s National Gallery with high energy, passion and good humour.
This year there are events in five cities in Zimbabwe. Book Café is hosting a series of pre- rising events including an exhibition on Tuesday evening and a discussion on Thursday. One billion rising culminates on Friday 14 February at the National Gallery from 12.30 to 2pm.
It’s an invitation to come and dance for an hour. Zimbabwe women artists will be there sharing their moves. It’s time for the city to come out and dance.