From February – April 22 (Earth Day), survivors, artists and activists in 88 countries across the globe are rising For Freedom & to Create the New Culture to address the devastating consequences of the ongoing vicious systems of patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism and racism in the world today and the destructive battle for power fought over women’s bodies and the body of the earth. They are RISING to end violence against women and girls, and calling for a radical shift in consciousness to end the global epidemic of abuse that one in three women face worldwide.   


Every February, we rise — in hundreds of countries across the world — to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness — one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

One Billion Rising 2023 is a year of INSPIRATION and ASPIRATION. A year of storytelling, building communities, strengthening solidarity, sharing dreams, planting trees, creating art, honoring women and the earth, and of dancing. It is the year we will continue to ENVISION and CREATE new ways of being, seeing, living, loving and connecting. Of raising consciousness and deepening understanding. So that our freedom, our future, is rooted in truth, love, community, earth and body.

Created by a community of 47 One Billion Rising coordinators located across the globe, this year’s campaign will celebrate 10 years of OBR and 25 years of V-Day, urging communities worldwide to utilize art and activism, creative resistance events and gatherings, both online and offline, to demand an end to violence against women, girls and the planet and to shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.

Vienna, Austria  One Billion Rising Austria activists Rose with Danceability for an All-Ability “Break The Chain” at Albert Schweitzer Haus. (Photo credit: @saschaosaka)
“Women from the One Billion Rising movement, Gabriela, and the Quezon City local government performed at the Liwasang Aurora at the Quezon Memorial Circle grounds on Saturday, February 11, 2023, to celebrate the 10th year of the global movement to end violence against women (cisgender and transgender), gender diverse people, girls, and the planet. The Philippines event is one of the thousands of global events taking place in over 90 countries around the world this February, and one of over 130 Rising events taking place across the Philippines.” – @jirecarreon (Photo credit: @pinoyweekly)
Manila, Philippines
Over 5,000 students from the St. Scholastica’s College in Manila rose and danced to bring awareness to gender-based violence, inequality, racism, poverty, and social injustice. (Photo credit: Neil Ambion/ABS-CBN News)
Szczecinek, Poland
(Photo credit: @iszczecinek)
Wroclaw, Poland
“On 14 February the whole world [danced] to draw attention to the problem of violence against women and girls. We rule our body. Dancing together releases energy. On this day, let’s show our hearts to those who need our support, let’s dance together and pay attention to the problem of sexual and physical violence against women.” – @stowarzyszenie_baba
(Photo credit: @krzysztofza)
Leutkirch im Allgäu, Germany 
(Photo credit: @stadt.leutkirch)
Berlin, Germany
“With a lot of positive energy, happy music and dance actions, the One Billion Rising protest has been established as a symbol of women’s solidarity worldwide, in order to draw the greatest attention to difficult issues. OBR is called: annually on February 14. with one billion people worldwide to raise against violence against girls and women. Through and through dance, together we free ourselves from the victim role and make a public sign against violence against girls and women.” – @onebillioinrising_berlin (Photo credit: Jürgen Engler)
154 towns and cities hold simultaneous risings all on the same day – February 14, 2023 – all across the country. (Art credit: One Billion Rising Germany)
imachal Pradesh, India
“One Billion Rising India launched One Billion Rising 2023 with Moot Court in Himachal Pradesh.The Jagori Rural Charitable Trust organized a moot court on 25 November, the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It aimed to raise awareness on the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. […] Dance performances were given by children of Euro kids school.” – (Photo and caption credit: Jagori Grameen)
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Rising at City of Joy! (Photo credit: City of Joy)
One Billion Eswatini hosted an artistic convention under the theme: ‘Rising For Freedom of Women Eswatini’. They celebrated ten women who have immensely contributed in the women’s movement and fight for women’s rights over ten years and more, receiving generous donations from various organizations in support of their Rising.  (Photo credit: Colani Hlatjwako, One Billion Rising Africa Coordinator)
Byron Bay, Australia
(Photo credit: Niche Pictures – Lyn McCarthy)
Rome, Italy 
In Rome, Italy, One Billion Rising activists and dancers held a flash mob and welcomed an Iranian dancer to perform on the Spanish steps on Piazza di Spagna. (Photo credit: @tittifabi)
“And that’s a wrap family! Solidarity Farm Yaad #Jamaica wants to thank you for you joining us in Rising for and with community. We are honored to be raising our voices with you and all the love spread across the waters. Rising with a billion other folks really shifted us. We are moved by the support and blessed by the offerings shared. Thank you for joining the Rising. We look forward to sharing space with you again and hopefully have all the love physically on the land. To the ancestors that held us, you are felt and we are elated to be dreaming up your deepest desires for us. One for a billion & a billion for one.” – Afia Walking Tree (Photo credit: @solidarityfarms_ja)


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