onebillionrising event in Tunisia
It’s February 14th, 2014 and something is happening all around the world. A movement of solidarity between women, and the friends and family of these women who have made a commitment to rise for justice. And today, I have found myself in Tunisia seeking out a onebillionrising event here. After receiving a notice on Facebook from a friend, I think I now know where to go and start the journey from the city of Rades to the capital of Tunisia – Tunis.
onebillionrising 2014 Tunis
Arriving in the city, I expect to see a massive crowd as the Facebook event page is boasting over 1,500 participants to this event. I wander around for about an hour looking for this crowd that I so desperately want to join in on and celebrate with but can’t seem to find them. Hmmm what shall I do? Make a sign asking which way to the onebillionrising? Just start asking random people? Follow groups of women around the heavily crowed streets hoping that they will lead me to what I seek? OK fine. I’ll do all three then.
As I aimlessly follow scores of women around Avenue Habib Bourguiba hoping that I will find this event, I began to hear the distant sound of some music playing. . is that it?? As I get closer to the music, I realize that indeed! This is it!! Finally! As I approach the white tent that hovers behind the main stage, I can see that the crowd on the other side is quite large and appears to be growing as the minutes pass by. After talking to a few of the organizers, I learn that this event was created by a group called the Young Leaders Entrepreneurs.
The Young Leaders Entrepreneurs is a newly established association located in the capital of Tunisia , founded by young activists from Tunis, Jendouba and Kasserine. This association aims to empower youth in the field of leadership and entrepreneurship in dismissed regions forgotten in the process of development by previous policies.
With an amazing show consisting of music, poetry, art, dance and performance – this group did a fantastic job of creating a onebillionrising event. During the show they passed out balloons with different slogans printed on them from something simple like the single word “Rise” and “Love” to more profound statements like “I am the Tunisian President” and “Love me don’t beat me”. They also handed out flyers with the details of the event, it’s objectives and goals, and contact information for anyone who may want to get further involved and leave the spectator seat behind. Personally I was very impressed with what these young people were able to create. They made a beautiful statement that gave me even more hope that this next generation, with our help, can RISE and really change the world with love.
More about the onebillionrising campaign :
FACT: ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME. THAT IS ONE BILLION WOMEN. IN 2013, ONE BILLION WOMEN AND MEN SHOOK THE EARTH THROUGH DANCE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.
So what is onebillionrising for Justice?
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is about envisioning justice for all survivors of gender violence. Justice can take many forms. It can be an apology or reparations. Taking legal action. It can be about making the truth visible. It can be prosecuting, or pushing to create change, or implementing policies and laws that ensure the protection of women’s rights. It can be calling for an end to all forms of inequality, discrimination, misogyny and patriarchy. It can be naming perpetrators whether they be individuals, groups, corporations or the state. Demanding accountability. It can be rising for justice be it personal, social, economic, cultural, environmental or political. It can be a revolutionary call to restore dignity and respect for all women.
To get involved or learn more, PLEASE CLICK HERE. I personally thank you for lending your voice, your time and your energy for supporting this incredible and necessary movement.