From 10: AM this Friday February 14, 2014, at Manja Primary School, Blantyre, Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) Malawi will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE. http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/manja-school-girls-dancing-day/
Malawi is currently rising with GENET in the fight against Child Marriage and empower our girls to help change the world.
The campaign will build upon the energy and momentum that was created on February 14, 2013 when one billion activists in 207 countries and territories came together to rise, strike, and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
This year, the campaign will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather safely on 14 February 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice – court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.
The campaign is recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, and war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.
At Manja Primary School girls are expected to hold a number of activities such as music, parade and dance to voice out their concerns on a number of Human Rights Violations against women and girls.
About One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries – 4 times in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more. www.onebillionrising.org
About Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) Malawi
GENET Malawi is a local NGO which seeks to advance rights, status and well-being of vulnerable girls and young women in Malawi. GENET empowers girls and young women to advocate for gender equality, justice, and social inclusion. GENET has been in operation since 2008.
GENET Malawi believes that the leadership of girls, women and their participation in key issues, uplifts them and benefits the entire community. GENET Malawi is a member of Girls Not Brides-a global movement which brings together non-governmental organizations from around the world to work towards eliminating child marriage within the period of a generation.