WHAT IS ONE BILLION RISING HONOLULU ABOUT?
One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION WOMEN violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. Women and men are joining together on Valentine’s Day to say ENOUGH! We are:
â€¢ Raising awareness of the epidemic of violence against women and children
â€¢ Beginning a dialogue on ways to end sexual assault and domestic abuse
â€¢ Demanding JUSTICE for victims, protecting our rights and asking for stronger legislation
â€¢ Making a joyful noise to proclaim that we are strong and worth loving
â€¢ Dancing to empower and embrace the beauty in each of us
â€¢ Reclaiming our self-esteem to stand tall and RISE up in victory over tragedy
â€¢ RISING up for those who can’t – like children who suffer the most and for a lifetime
WHY DANCE AND PARTY? THIS IS A SERIOUS SUBJECT!
â€¢ “One Billion Rising is an appreciation, amplification and an escalation. When One Billion bodies rise and dance around the world on February 14, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness. Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at any time with anyone and everyone. It’s free. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.” – Eve Ensler, Founder
â€¢ Watch the videos on our website, OneBillionRisingHonolulu.com, and see the happiness in the faces of those dancing to “Break the Chain.” It is joyful, cathartic, healing and empowering.
â€¢ Listen to the lyrics of “Break the Chain” – the anthem that was written specifically for One Billion Rising which was celebrated worldwide in hundreds of cities in 207 countries by millions of people in 2013!
207 countries answered Eve Enslerâ€™s global call to get One Billion People to STRIKE, RISE and DANCE in the streets on February 14th 2013 to end Violence and Sexual Oppression against women and girls.
We are harnessing their collective power to continue rising & demanding an end to Violence Against Women & Girls Once & For All â€“ See more at: http://www.onebillionrising.org/. 1 In 3 Women On The Planet Will Be Raped, Beaten or Abused in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution. We are doing that by having an exciting peaceful demonstration filled with dance and music on 2/14/14 at Magic Island â€“ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
SHOULD I SPONSOR?
â€¢ Around 5,000 organizations have joined the campaign, which has also been aided or endorsed by religious leaders, politicians and celebrities, even the Queen of Bhutan.
â€¢ Your name or organization will be announcing publicly to Hawaii that you are RISING up and standing beside women and girls who so desperately need to know you care!
WHERE IS MY MONEY GOING? WHY NOT JUST GIVE TO THE LOCAL SHELTER?
â€¢ The event needs to be BIG to make a visible impact on the State to bring about change. Producing an event costs money. We need staging, sound and lighting. We need signage and press coverage. We need t-shirts, tents and video coverage. Our plan is to produce a video to expand the reach and go into detail about what needs to be done to help change the dialogue and end the violence in Hawaii.
â€¢ ALL PROCEEDS, after expenses, will go to the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV) which has 24 member organizations on 6 islands. Their “Flight to Freedom Fund” helps women and children, who must escape their abusers, fly to safety on another island. It is in constant need of replenishing. Money will also go to shelters for direct support of victims and to programs designed to educate young men and women on how to end sexual assault and violence. The more money we raise – the more people we can help!
â€¢ NO money will go to the producer or committee members. Everyone is volunteering in this grassroots effort.
â€¢ Your money will help reach MANY more people than it would if you gave to just one shelter.