This year’s Valentine’s Day on 14 February was not very romantic, but instead very powerful and above all very important. It was the day when hundreds of women and men in Bangalore were standing up and dancing together for Women’s and Girl’s Rights within the worldwide campaign “1 BILLION RISING”.
ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY.
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION!
After the Delhi rape case on 16 December 2012, there was a notable increase in attention paid to cases of violence against women, and rising anger at the ignorance of national Governments,not only in India. The refusal to accept this status quo got stronger and it was time to finally stand up and demand gender equality, and an end to violence against women and girls. So, on the 15th V-Day, in many places all over the world, women and men gathered together to celebrate women’s power to stand up and claim their Human Rights.
In India, protests were held across states, in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and also BANGALORE. From 2:30 pm on, people gathered in Cubbon Park and one could hear speeches, watch many performances of music, tribal dances, singings, street theater and live painting, and join when women from all parts of society rose to a huge and excessive dance. All this ended in many candle lights in the dark, poetry and story-telling by women who had survived a violation of their rights, or knew somebody else that hadn’t or just wanted to share their thoughts on the situation of women.
1 BILLION RISING Bangalore was organized by more than 20 Bangalore-based Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment groups. SICHREM was one among them, including the Women’s Rights Forum Vimochana, Visthar, Sangama and many more.
Having fought for (Women’s) Human Rights for 18 years, SICHREM staffs were also present at this event, and in preparation had mobilized students from across Bangalore attending SICHREM’s diploma course on Human Rights. A group of SICHREM’s students performed a flash mob in demand for Women’s Rights.
Unfortunately, the Bangalore Administration did not allow the event to take place at Mahatma Gandhi Road, which would have drawn even greater attention. Even so, the big dancing and celebrating crowd got a lot of media attention and also interrupted many workers’ and car drivers’ daily routine, to stop and think about the difficulties that women face.