A revolutionary valentine's day

2013-02-14 00:00

THE One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign is a global uprising against sexual violence. It is scheduled to take place today, Valentine’s Day, with various events planned country wide, as well as internationally.

The name of the campaign, which was started almost a year ago by U.S. activist and Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, was born out of the fact that, according to UN statistics, one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. South Africa is no exception to this statistic. It is reported that in South Africa, a woman is raped every 26 seconds, five out of seven children are abused, and 30% of girls below the age of 15 are at risk of being sexually violated.

As rape cases become more prevalent in SA media reports, the public has become accustomed to reading about brutal rape and sexual assault cases against elderly women, young children and teenagers. South Africa has been dubbed the fourth most dangerous place in the world to be a woman.

Spearheaded by activist Gillian Schutte, the SA leg of the movement began in July 2012, and has been endorsed by a number of SA organisations. The campaign calls for everyone to rise, dance, sing and demand an end to violence against women.

To find out more about the OBR campaign and its planned events, or to get involved, visit the Facebook page One Billion Rising South Africa, or follow it on Twitter @OBRSA.

Make this Valentine’s Day a revolutionary one and join in the collective voice of OBR.

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