Launching of One Billion Rising Revolution 2015

Lalitpur 22 September 2014 - With an objective of ending violence against girls and women, 'One Billion Rising Revolution 2015' will be launched amid a function in Kathmandu on 28 September 2014.

One Billion Rising (OBR) is a global campaign to transform patriarchal structures and end violence against women and girls. On 14th February 2013 and 2014, people in 207 countries got together and said, "Enough Is Enough! No More Violence". In South Asia, young, old, urban, rural, women, men and children have been participating in this global movement.

OBR Revolution is an escalation of the first two stages of our campaign - One Billion Rising and One Billion Rising for Justice. We’ve demanded justice and now we are demanding Changes. OBR is a call to survivors, their families and friends to break their silence and release their stories through art, music, dance, marches, and testimonies.

OBR is a call to boys and men everywhere to recognize how patriarchy is harming and dehumanizing them. This creative and meaningful program will begin at 2:30 and culminate in a Public March beginning at 5.30 PM from the Nepal Academy Hall. Monique Wilson, a well-known actor, feminist activist from the Philippines and the global coordinator of OBR will be present for this launch. There will be music, dance and slogans.

The same day Sangat, a South Asian Feminist Network, will celebrate Feminist Cross Border Solidarity with the participation of about 20 eminent feminist activists from South Asia, like Kamla Bhasin, Indira Shrestha, Binda Pande, Abha Bhaiya, Kumudini Samuel, Roshmi Goswami, Sapana Pradhan Malla, and Rita Thapa among others.

Likewise, Celebrating Social Commitment, 'Meeto Memorial Award for Young South Asians' will be given to Ani Choying, a well-known nun, singer and social activist from Nepal. Meeto Bhasin Malik, a human rights activist and scholar, died at the age of 27 and her mother Kamla Bhasin instituted this Award in Meeto’s memory.

Similarly, the Second Sunila Abeysekera Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Charlotte Bunch, the founder of the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, USA, to commemorate the life of one of the most eminent feminist activists and human rights defenders from South Asia.