ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION 2018: “SOLIDARITY”
RISE! RESIST! UNITE!
kOLKATA MARY WARD SOCIAL CENTER OBR 2018 IN THE CITY OF JOY.
We are coming into a time defined by a fierce escalation of fascist, imperialist, neo-liberal attacks on the lives of people around the world. And the most marginalized – working class, minority and women on the margins in every part of the globe – experience the impact and are forced to confront these attacks on their welfare and rights and homes.
In response to Trump’s election in the US, joining the emergence of other anti-women, anti-people leaders and governments around the world, we are seeing mass global rising of movements and deep and ongoing engagement creating a vigorous solidarity and dynamic energy to a rising resistance everywhere – for women’s rights and gender rights, the protection and defense of indigenous lands and the rights of indigenous peoples, against fascism and tyranny, discrimination and racism, environmental plunder and destruction, corporate greed, economic violence, poverty, state brutality and repression, war and militarism. This year, OBR is set to escalate RISINGS against all forms of violence against women – including a rising resistance against the systems that cause other forms of violence: imperialism, fascism, racism, capitalism and neo-liberalism – and will continue to highlight where all these issues interconnect. OBR 2018 continues to sustain the theme of “Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women” as neo-liberal policies and rapacious capitalism have become the engine of most governments, bringing profound consequences for the long suffering working class and marginalized sectors. The unprecedented exploitation and poverty ravaging most of the world is becoming harder and impossible to ignore. Suffering has reached new heights and this year OBR is seeing a new, dynamic and radical militancy and vibrancy that is opposing and rising against such repression and oppression.
The magnitude of women’s suffering continues to generate creative and political resistance in the One Billion Rising movement like we have never seen before. What began as a worldwide creative dance protest is emerging as a collective creative resistance using art and solidarity as powerful tools for protest against all forms of violence.
Today, One Billion Rising is growing and goes beyond opposing the effects of patriarchy and physical and sexual violence to women, to confronting and resisting global capitalist, imperialist and fascist systems that cause and sustain worsening forms of poverty, unprecedented forms of labor, economic and sexual exploitation, human and sex trafficking, forced migration, state sponsored violence and wars, racism and exclusion, environmental abuse and plunder, militarization, and internal and international displacement.
One Billion Rising shows us that women play a crucial role in this resistance, creating solidarity movements, as they lead from the forefront of local, national and international struggles. It shows us that women are continuing to organize everywhere, harnessing collective energy, building hope and solidarity, and using creativity and vision as they raise political consciousness in their unwavering and fierce determination towards a future of freedom, equality, respect and dignity. OBR unites people globally in the dream of a world devoid of exploitation, discrimination and violence. OBR continues to become the catalyst and the energy that intensifies local campaigns and struggles, strengthens local and global solidarity, harnesses creative collective action, and contributes to the struggle of women everywhere for a life based on democracy, justice, peace and equality. More importantly, OBR continues to connect local communities to the larger global solidarity movement. This creates a united force necessary to raise the call in the pursuit of fundamental economic, political and social change.