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One Billion Rising invites you to dance on Valentine’s Day in campaign against violence

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 11, 2020   /   06:12 pm
One Billion Rising invites you to dance on Valentine’s Day in campaign against violence With women worldwide still often facing abuse, global solidarity movement One Billion Rising (OBR) is inviting people in Indonesia to celebrate Valentine’s Day by joining its call for an end to violence against women. (Shutterstock/File)

Global solidarity movement One Billion Rising (OBR) has invited people worldwide — including in Indonesia — to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day by joining its call for an end to violence against women.

Similar to campaign events held in previous years, OBR Indonesia will take to the streets of the country’s cities this year to deliver its message by dancing together in flash mobs.

This year, OBR Indonesia is set to organize the campaign under the theme “Raise The Vibration, Rise To Revolution” in a bid to encourage women, victims and activists alike to speak up and take action against violence against women as well as other kinds of violence happening in the country.

“Hopefully this event will serve as a platform for Indonesian women to speak up against the injustice they have been subjected to,” OBR 2020 coordinator Dinda Deselia said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. 

Read also: ’Don't let us fight by ourselves’: The women who fight to make Indonesia a safer place

The campaign calls on the government and other stakeholders in the country to fulfil 14 demands, namely:

1. Put an end to gender-based violence;

2. Create equal pay and work opportunities and safe workplaces; eradicate outsourcing;

3. Provide welfare for poor people living in urban areas;

4. End child marriage;

5. End discrimination against minorities;

6. Stop commercialization of health;

7. Keep in place requirements for construction permits and environmental analysis;

8. Stop military operations in Papua;

9. Stop criminalization of activists;

10. Stop acts of intolerance;

11. Pass the protection of domestic workers bill;

12. Stop land-grabbing and forest fires;

13. Stop criminalizing sex workers;

14. Realize women’s rights for sexual reproduction.

Through the campaign, Dinda said, OBR hopes to increase public awareness that “social injustice is a real issue” that everyone — not only activists, victims and survivors — should speak up against.

“Our purpose is to achieve equality for everyone,” she said. 

Beginning on Feb. 14, 2012, the OBR movement was launched in response to statistics published by the United Nations that one in three women – or around 1 billion women – experience sexual or physical abuse during their lifetime. 

Prior to the event planned for Friday, OBR started online and offline campaigns on Jan. 17 and Feb. 8, respectively, including a zine workshop, movie screenings and discussions.