One Billion Rising Whanganui 2019

One Billion Rising is the largest mass action event in history with over 200 countries taking part, and we are one of them.

Join us for a day of music, dancing, art, play and fundraising for the Women's Network.

Schedule for the Day
8:30 - 9:30 Set up Stalls
9:45 - 10:00 Greeting
10:00 - 10:10 Dance - Break the Chain (Flash Mob)
10:10 - 10:20 Announcements / Introductions with Carla D
10:30 - 10:45 Music - Jay Rerekura, Charlie Williams & Tyson Tauri
10:50 - 11:00 Speaker - Ruth Wright of Kaituna Creations on The Benefits of cloth menstrual products
11:00 - 11:05 Speaker - Mayor Hamish McDouall
11:10 - 11:15 Dance - Break the Chain (Flash Mob) / Raffle -
11:15 - 11:30 Music - Ainsley Day
11:30 - 11:45 Speaker -
11:45 - 12:00 Dance - Bohemian Genie Tribal Bellydance
12:00 - 12:30 DRUMMING - Community Drumming Wanganui
12:30 - 12:45 Speaker - Melany Davy of Easy Earth on Composting Food Waste
12:45 - 1:00 Dance - Indian Dance with Neeti Guatam
1:00 - 1:15 Dance - Break the Chain (Flash Mob) / Raffle -
1:15 - 1:45 Drums -
1:45 - 2:00 Poetry Reading - Stories from Spirit with Maria Lawless
2:00 - 2:15 Music -
2:15 - 2:30 Dance - Zumba with Kat, the Dancing Librarian
2:30 - 2:45 Speaker -
2:45 - 3:00 Dance - Sylvia's Tappers
3:00 - 3:15 Dance - Break the Chain (Flash Mob) / Raffle -
3:15 - 3:30 Music -
3:30 - 3:45 Music - The Toyne Sisters
3:45 - 4:00 Speaker -
4:00 - 4:15 Dance - Break the Chain (Flash Mob) / Raffle -
4:15 - 4:30 Music
4:30 - 4:45 Goodbyes and Gratitudes
4:45 - 5:00 Closing Ceremony with Jaqueline Brand
5:00 - 6:00 Clean up / Break down

Fun includes:
Sausage Sizzle


Main Stall / Guests
Women's Wisdom Circle
Women's Network Whanganui
Bohemian Genie - Accessories, Upcycling, Home decor
Beautyology - Henna Designs
Kaituna Creations - Cloth Menstrual products, Bags and more
Whanganui District Library

We are still working out scheduling, but please start spreading the word and arranging time off if need be.

WOMEN'S NETWORK will be this years host once again Carla will be our MC and Hostess with the Mostess and will have some special guests!

We will be leading anyone interested in learning the choreography at Women's Network. See Schedule on page. Or you can get a group together and just start practicing on your own, it is fun to do!

We will attempt to live-stream the event as well.

We are open to suggestions, but urging as many woman and those who love them to join us and dance, stand up, drum, rise be a part of over one billion people who are calling for an end to violence against women and children.

About One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising first began in 2012 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. Over the last five years, as One Billion Rising has grown and the local campaigns deepened, it has also brought in economic violence and the violence of poverty, racial violence, gender violence, violence caused by corruption, occupation and aggression, violence caused by environmental disasters, climate change and environmental plunder, violence impacting women in the context of state sponsored wars, militarization, and the worsening internal and international displacement of millions of people, and violence created by capitalist greed, among so many others.
The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering 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 express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
On 14 February 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy.
On 14 February 2015, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice. On (or around) 14 February 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to Rise for REVOLUTION, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE.
We are rising to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.
In 2016, the theme of Revolution continued with a call to focus on marginalised women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls*; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.
In 2017, One Billion Rising Revolution was giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.
In 2018, We again stood up to the exploitation of, not only women and children, but our planet as well. Rising in solidarity to demand an end to violence in all it's forms, to bring balance back to humanity and our planet.
*Women and girls is an inclusive term reflecting all those who were assigned and/or identify as female.

The 2019 Campaign

We are living in a time of upheaval and transformation.

Together we have been rising to free women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence) from sexual and physical violence in its more overt and obvious forms: rape, battery, incest, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery and trafficking, child marriage, femicide, sexual-gender and reproductive oppression and violence towards LGBTQIA+ communities. And, we have had many victories.

As we come into our 7th year of One Billion Rising, we are faced with bigger challenges. To end violence against women, we must commit ourselves to a deeper examination of violence in all its forms. Along with sexual and physical violence, we must also look at systemic violence in economic, political, socio-cultural, environmental and ideological spheres.

As we continue to Rise to end violence against women– it is imperative now for us to expand our understanding of women’s oppression and exploitation in the context of capitalism, colonization, racism, imperialism, environmental plunder and war. We have been compartmentalized and divided for too long. Our Rising must now connect our specific oppression to the common universal humanity that binds us all. This is no less than a way of life, a way of seeing, a way of being in the world. It is not one day that we rise, but every day that this consciousness must rise in all we do.

We call on you this year to be braver, go deeper, reflect, study, listen, learn, awaken to what you don’t know, ask the difficult questions, engage, take actions, and push yourselves out of your comfort zones physically and intellectually. We call on you to commit to resistance and solidarity.

Because Rising is no longer a campaign – it is a way of life.

Sexual Harassment
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Sexual Slavery and Trafficking
Child Marriage
Sexual, Gender and Reproductive Oppression
Violence Towards LGBTQIA+ Communities

Toxic Masculinity
Poverty/ Economic Injustice/ Labor Exploitation
Climate Destruction and Environmental Plunder
Racism, Hate and Discrimination

Religious Fundamentalism
State and Institutional Violence/ Militarization/ War
Forced Displacement/ Immigrant and Migrant Abuse

An energy
a platform
A global movement
a catalyst
a worldwide decision to end violence against women
a demand for justice
a paradigm shift
an invitation
a gathering of the ready
housed everywhere
housed in our hearts




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