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.

Raise the Bar

The Pioneer

The One Billion Rising movement has got bigger this year with men participating in equal numbers. Apart from flash mobs, there will be car rallies, plays and musical performances at multiple venues. Divya Kaushik reports

When American activist Eve Ensler came to India around a month ago, there was a long queue of college students waiting to meet her, wherever she went. Her only introduction to most of them was that she is the woman who started One Billion Rising. The movement, started last year, emerged as the global campaign when women got together on streets and danced to spread the message against violence. According to Eve, “Dance is the best way to unite and express freedom.” The worldwide campaign got so big that it made Eve a household name even in rural areas. Going by the excitement among the youth that has grown manifold in the last one year, Eve said during her Indian visit, that this year the campaign will be bigger and better and women will rise together for justice. Continue Reading.