One Billion Rising 2016: EWL member organisations rise to end violence against women!

[Budapest, Nicosia, Vienna, 14 February 2016] All over Europe the European Women’s Lobby member organisations have engaged in the global campaign One Billion Rising (OBR) - Rise For Revolution 2016. In many different cities in Europe, the EWL member organisations have organised activities to call for an end of male violence against women.They have danced and raised their voices against the impunity and injustice that survivors of various forms of violence face. Read below more about the exciting activities organised by the EWL national coordinations in Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria.

Hungary - Budapest

Hungary Budapest

For the fourth year, the Hungarian Women’s Lobby organised One Billion Rising on the 14th February afternoon in the cultural house, Bálin Ház, in the city center of Budapest. Welcomed by Borbála Juhász, the participants at the event danced the “Break the chain” choreography and raised their voices to end violence against women.

Furthermore, the Hungarian Women’s Lobby and NANE Association (Helpline for women victims of sexual violence in Hungary) co-organised a theater play “Would you like a cup of tea?” which addresses the issue of sexual violence in University and secondary schools.

A guided debate followed after the play moderated by the very well-known Hungarian journalist Krisztina Bombera that allowed the participants to discuss deeper on the issue of sexual violence against young women in relationships.

Find out more here.

Cyprus - Nicosia


On the 14th of February, the Cyprus Women’s Lobby (CWL) organised a street march through the Old Town of Nicosia followed by a small street play on violence. The participants called to end violence against women and concretely and to end the exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic in Cyprus.


As it can be read in their call for action:"Today, over 30,000 female migrant domestic workers live and work in Cyprus. It is estimated that an additional 15,000 are undocumented. Although female migrant domestic workers contribute significantly to our economy and everyday life, they are invisible in relation to policy and legislation as these relate to integration, violence against women, exploitation and trafficking in human beings. Migrant domestic workers are isolated and marginalized with no right to civic participation or labour protection, rendering them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Domestic workers have reported widespread physical, psychological and sexual abuse as well as exploitative working conditions".

Find out more about this event here.
See the video of their dance here.

Austria - Vienna

Austria Vienna


One Billion Rising 2016 was marked in Austria with a full programme of activities that started with a DRUM-DANCE-RISE Jam session in front of the Parliament in Vienna. The focus and the motto of this year was dedicated all the women fleeing from violence, especially to women escaping war, the effects of climate change, sexual discrimination, persecution, etc. Find the programme of the day here.

The Austrian Women Ring is part of OBRA – ’One Billion Rising Austria - eine künstlerische Kampagne für ein Ende der Gewalt an Frauen und Mädchen’ -, an organisation founded in 2015 bringing together several organizations, such as Autonome Österreichische Frauenhäuser, Plattform 20000 Frauen, FZ, FeministAttac, Femme Fiscale, Frauenfilm and many others. Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki - dancer, performer, choreographer - born in Tokyo/Japan - living and working in Vienna/Austria has been the head of OBRA and the artistic director for One Billion Rising Vienna the last four editions.

OBRA counted with the valuable cooperation of Tanzquartier Wien - TQW - the biggest center for contemporary dance in Austria – who developed a workshop and invited the participants to an afterparty in their studio.

Find out more in their website and their facebook event page. Find more beautiful pictures here.

Do not hesitate to share with us all the actions that you have done to mark One Billion Rising 2016!!

[1Pictures made by @osaka

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