This 14 Feb, the global culmination of One Billion Rising Revolution, more than 200 countries galvanized toward the cause of a non-violent world. Jagori Rural organized a stunning Rising. The public, cultural event saw a packed audience of around 2500 with youngsters, community members, villagers, organization representatives, and government officials like Chief Guest Brij Behari Lal Butail, Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Throughout the event, through the band Hi-Jackers, skillfully-performed plays, women empowerment songs, amazing dances and interactions, it was emphasized how violence begins at home and that’s where we must begin to make our promises of keeping our girls and women safe and letting their wings take flight. The two plays performed by Jagori Rural team and college girls based on real life experiences took the audience on an emotional ride and were a beautiful and powerful narrative on a girl’s journey, and the way society proves to be an obstacle at every step that girls overcome. Men and boys were compelled to join this fight for gender equality. The stage was set ablaze with the little balls of energy from Chakvan School. The dance of these young girls received a lot of ‘Once Mores’ and the most vivid attention of the audience as did the heartfelt interaction of the brave and inspiring IPS Officer Shalini Agnihotri, who spoke to the youngsters about what it means to be a real man, and how girls must SPEAK UP against injustice and violence. Jagori Rural Team amazed the audience with an empowering and elegant dance sequence on three songs.
With the audience on their feet yet again and dancing on Hi-Jackers songs, the Revolutionary Valentine’s Day had indeed turned into a day of TRUE Love.
ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION 2015
It has been a most amazing two years of the One Billion Rising and One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign.
Through our efforts we mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women. We made violence against women a global human issue not relocated to country or tribe or class or religion. We revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world.
Cultural and Commemorative Event
in Memory of Violence Victims
You enter the venue at Chambi ground at Rait, Village Shahpur , District Kangra and two things set the mood for the crucial cause that Team Jagori spoke up for on Dec 16- the day the brutal gang rape in Delhi made the country question its conscience. One, the overflowing banner kept at the registration telling people to sign their name if they are against violence. And two, the song ‘Aazadi’ by Nancy Aren Ao featuring Kamla Bhasin, welcoming the participants and witnesses to this event with a revolutionary spirit.
One Billion Rising 2015 is a call for REVOLUTION!
A Revolution for Love, Peace and Equality. All over India, more than 40 OBR events have already taken place with a LOT more to come!
14 FEB 2015, the grand culmination of this world-wide event is around the corner, and organizations, institutes and individuals across India are READY to show the world that we have had enough of violations, injustice and violence!
Jagori Rural, the National Secretariat for OBR in India, is on the RISE with 10 OBR candle light marches and a rally planned across 12 different locations in Himachal Pradesh from Jan 16 to Feb 7. Till now, the local villages, schools and colleges have seen eight candle light marches with the total participation of around 825 community members, villagers and students.
Around 4 film screenings have been organized on separate days for around 915 college students, panchayats members and taxi union representatives, with five more in the pipeline!
A powerful play against violence will be performed in two locations and a tribunal is being planned to hear out cases of violence victims and survivors.
Boys and men are engaged actively in this OBR to make gender equality and non-violence a reality in every sphere of life. Incidents of eve-teasing and violence, their impact on girls and women, as well as the troubles of stereotypical 'masculinity' that deprives boys and men of their humanity and sensitivity, were talked about openly with the participants.
The women felt EMPOWERED when they went out holding candles at night, without hiding in ghunghats, and reclaimed the time of the day which they are not allowed to experience without fear.