1 Billion Rising

US-feminist, activist and author Eve Ensler’s currently promotes her campaign OneBillionRising: the celebration of the 15th anniversary of V-Day (founded 1998) on 14 February 2013 with a global strike and dance against violence against women.

” She [Eve Ensler] believes in the power of collective experience, the power of direct action, the power of people having an experience together, in the streets or in the theater. […] She’s not interested in intra-feminist fights over essentialism and identity. […] Ensler believes in the outrageous, that which upsets, disrupts. It displaces things as they are to make room for what might be.” [Flanders, Laura. “Eve Ensler Rising.” The Nation November 26 (2012)]

Source:

– US-version of the OBR Anthem (on Youtube)

 

Inspired to a new Project

Check out My Projects so that you don’t miss out on a New Project that will be created collectively (together with people who contribute their filming of local events and/or their own performances and/or film projects on the day) in Scotland: a film workshop on the topic of Violence Against Women in Scotland that will be based on the contributions.

Why? To raise awareness how violence can take on culturally specific forms and because I believe that an affirmative mode to address violence in educational settings enables people not to feel at unease or be scared and thereby distanced or paralysed but to actively engage with the topic and learn about the fact that gender-based violence is not a ‘women’s matter’ (the latter being an argument based on discrimination as if you could separate the violence inherent in an act from the person who commits it – can you? – I believe that it sticks to the person who commits it, not to those who were victimised. So who’s to blame/shame if anyone?).

Go to My Projects

sources:

V-Day

One Billion Rising

Facebook website V-Day including information on One Billion Rising

Eve 2009 TEDxCharlotte

see also:

– Ganz, Marshall. “What Is Public Narrative?”. Harvard, Kennedy School 2008. 1-19. Print.