Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

MESSAGE FROM THE FRIENDS BOARD
 

Right now one out of every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.            That is a UN statistic. That is equivalent to one billion women and girls.            Eve Ensler

Dear ,

On February 14, 2013 (Valentine’s Day), Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, V-Day Executive Director Susan Celia Swan, Commission on the Status of Women President Julie Soo, Filipina Women’s Network President Marily Mondejar and a whole host of San Francisco women leaders are calling YOU to join ONE BILLION women, men, and everyone who loves us to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP and DEMAND an end to violence against women.
Take an active, public stand against the status quo. 190 countries have signed up to participate.
Why one billion? Because one billion women -that’s right, one billion– existing on this planet right now will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. Staggering.

           One Billion Rising San Francisco City Hall

Why Dance? “Dance is used in protest in many parts of the world. In South Africa for example, dance and song have always been intrinsic to protesting for human rights and is often led by women.  Dance denotes a freedom of body, mind and soul. It is both a celebratory and rebellious act in that it speaks of a freedom of movement, a non-restricted relationship to the body and is the antithesis of an oppressed, restrained and violated body.  It is erroneous to think of celebration as non-revolutionary. Celebration is the ultimate rebellious act in a world that is dictated to us by non-celebratory forces.” – Gillian Schutte

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:

Thanks and see you there!
Friends Board


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