One Billion Rising
A significant minority of young women aged 17 to 21 (13%) say that a boy/girlfriend has made them feel frightened or threatened, with one in ten staying in a relationship in which their partner has made them feel unsafe (11%).
After a highly successful career in PR, which included the creation of London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards, Lynne Franks has become a champion of women's empowerment, sustainable business practices, and social justice issues.
UK politicians, performers, survivors of abuse, and people of all ages who want to end sexual violence towards women and children, will join hundreds of countries around the world on the same day through a combination of artistic events, community-based initiatives and rallies.
This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. We will call for political change, from mandatory sex education in schools, action to ensure that women in immigration detention centres are safe from violence, and the repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation. We will dance and sing - and we will make ourselves heard.
As part of my series of short films for the One Billion Rising campaign, 'Sarah', tells the story of a deaf woman's experience of domestic violence.
With International Women's Day upon us, there's absolutely no reason for you not to get involved. You've literally got no excuse not to join in the movement. Except that, of course, there's no 'movement' involved of any kind.
In this experimental piece I attempted to convey the confusion associated with domestic violence and leaving a partner you love by speeding up and slowing down the footage depending upon the point in the narrative.
How many times have you been to the cinema and come out feeling changed in some way? How many times have you read a leaflet and felt moved to the same extent? Thought so.
We are not waiting for change, we are that change! People are no longer willing to accept bullying in the playground, having to take a detour on the way home to avoid sexual harassment outside local shops, putting up with financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse at home or in the workplace.
Rarely, in recent memory, has something I read crawled so under my skin. I chanced upon Natalie Gyte's vitriolic and irrational diatribe against Eve Ensler and her recently launched One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign right before I was about to go to bed. The factual, philosophical and logical craters in Gyte's essay 'Why I Won't Support One Billion Rising' swallowed my sleep for the night. But what truly kept me awake were the unnecessary personal attacks against a brave woman and her path-breaking work.