“What is unnatural is for a person to build a 28-storey building for three people to live in and that, too, in a city of a million starving people,” said Eve Ensler, founder of the V-day Campaign, US. She was in the city to promote the One Billion Rising Campaign.
On the recent Supreme Court judgment that forbids consensual sexual relations between people of the same gender, Ms. Ensler said “homophobia” was connected to patriarchy and sexism.
The One Billion Rising Campaign had its first innings last year in which one billion activists in 207 countries came together to strike, dance, and rise to end violence against women and girls. Till date, around 120 countries have signed up to plan their risings. This time, yet again, it’s being planned for February 14, 2014. “In Peru, we will have construction workers holding placards in their hands saying I will not harass women; in Nigeria, the fight will be against child marriage; and in Bangladesh, the women are rising to bring legislations to protect women,” she said. Although every country’s issues are different, they are all connected, she added.
The campaign is supported by organisations and activists. “This year’s campaign is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather on February 14 outside places where they are entitled to justice. This includes court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, or other public spaces for justice. This will mark the call to end the rampant impunity that prevails globally. Imagine one billion women releasing their stories through dance and speaking out at the places where they need justice,” said Ms. Ensler.
A host of cultural programmes and talks planned around the theme of power of love and justice, to end violence against women has also been lined up. The events are aimed to express solidarity with the victims of injustice.