Sex workers protest against sexual violence on V-Day

India TV

Kolkata: Protesting against the rising crime against women in the country, sex workers and their daughters yesterday took part in street plays and dances in and around the city’s red-light area on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.

Around 70 women from the red-light areas of Sonagachi and Munshiganj took out a procession on a two kilometre stretch in Khidirpore as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women and promote gender equality. Continue Reading.

Dancing in the Streets on V-Day

The Asian Age

The heavy downpour and chilly winds did nothing to dampen the spirit of those who came together for the cause of female victims of violence. An annual event in the city calendar, the global call to woman survivors of violence, One Billion Rising (OBR) For Justice has become a keenly awaited event for those who identify with the cause of women.

A morning march from Jaisingh Road to Jantar Mantar with messages given by leaders of the mahila panchayats organised by YWCA, a car rally from Nehru Place at 12 noon, the popular play Dastak by Arvind Gaur’s Asmita group and a flash dance on Jaago re Jaago culminated in the evening with a programme at Central Park in Connaught Place with performances by Sufi czarina Sonam Kalra, bilingual Vagina Monologues performed by students of Miranda House, Maya Rao’s play, Kamla Bhasin’s fiery speech on gender equality and power packed performance by Space. Continue Reading.

Prostitutes to take part in One Billion Rising campaign

Business Standard

Demanding an end to sexual violence, prostitutes and women vulnerable to trafficking will bring out a protest rally tomorrow on Valentines Day.

About 70 prostitutes from red-light areas of Sonagachi and Munshiganj will bring out the rally on a two kilometre stretch at Khidirpore as part of the”One Billion Rising for Justice campaign” to end violence against women and promote gender equality. Continue Reading.

Delhi the uprising capital for justice: Eve Ensler

Business Standard

Delhi has become focus for an uprising by women against injustice, believes gender rights activist and playwright Eve Ensler who spearheads a global campaign to end violence against women and girls.

“I would actually say Delhi is the place which is finally telling the real story, where all the stories are coming out. While we keep hearing about massive violence against women globally, the people in Delhi, those in the media have been brave enough to tell the stories,” Ensler said here today. Continue Reading.