Rise! Rise! Unite! Against Violent Against Women

By Acharya S.P. Dwivedi

 The biggest mass action to end violence against women, Billion Rising, was launched by Eve Ensler on Valentine Day of February 14,2012 and since then it has become a  global event to cultivate awareness to eliminate  violence against women and girls; and  to challenge the  forces and systems of injustice, exploitation, abuse, and oppression. The Billion refers, keeping in mind the world population of 7 Billions, to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her life time.


On one hand the forces of fascism, imperialism, racism, neo-liberalism are on rise which contribute enormous problems for poor and marginalized communities especially women  and on other the  old deformed patriarchal  mentality, religious and cultural discriminatory attitude are  still  strengthening the gender prejudices.


The One Billion Rising Movement has broaden its horizons and now includes violence against natives, children and seniors. The activists  of this movement are challenging also  those who are perpetuating war, greedy developers, capitalists and environment plunderer.


The theme of this year event was “Rise in Solidarity”. The Network To Eliminate Violence In  Relationships (NEVR)is a leading organization in lower mainland which has been constantly popularizing this event  through regular programs. This  year  it  organized two events one at Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus on February 21 that highlighted the opening ceremony by native group, welcoming address by Dr. Sal Ferreras, VP, Academics, speeches delivered by Mayor Linda Hepner  of  Surrey and  Dr Balbir Gurm, the Chair of NEVR.  The audience participated and enjoyed the  Break The Chain Dance and refreshment. The second event was held on February 22nd at Surrey Central Public Library to train the  people  who will help the women in preventing and supporting the victims of physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuses.


NEVR organizes, time to time, seminars, workshops and conferences on  relationship violence. Relationship violence is also known as intimate partner, domestic and spousal violence that is a serious preventable public health and crime issue. The  national statistic reveals that on average, in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days, it accounts for over 25% of all violent offenses  while  70% violent offenses   are  not reported to  the police.  NEVR is supported by more than fifty organizations. It has brought out a Tool Kit which provides useful and practical solutions of relationship violence.


Acharya S.P.Dwivedi is a Member of the NEVR Media Committee.

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