One Billion Rising, the global campaign against rape and gender-based violence, will be taking place both in RL and SL on February 14th. As I’m writing these lines, people are hard at work preparing in-world events and a number of regions will be dedicated to this particular day and campaign. As part of the campaign, and as a raising awareness for the event, the organisers of the One Billion Rising in Second Life (OBR’s SL part) are hosting a photo contest especially for this event. Also, the official dance video of the One Billion Rising in SL campaign will be launched this week.
The Photo Contest
The photo contest opened on February 3rd; there will be five winners, whose photos will be displayed on the official One Billion Rising blog and will be featured through the day of the One Billion Rising events. The rules are as follows:
- Entrants must wear the official OBR T-Shirt (available free from the One Billion Rising Information location at Prim Perfect Headquarters
- Photos should be submitted to the One Billion Rising in Second Life Flickr group
- Photos must be submitted by midnight (SLT) on February 13, 2013
- Photos must be PG [nude or distasteful photo(s) will be disqualified]
- There should be no additional text on the photo, although post-processing with editing software is permitted
- Only two entries allowed per person
- One Billion Rising in Second Life reserves full rights to all photos submitted.
The premiere of the video will be this weekend on the official One Billion Rising in Second Life blog. Below is the original “Break The Chain” video of the campaign:
One out of three women will be raped or beaten during her lifetime, simply because she is a woman. This means that ONE BILLION WOMEN are/will be violated. ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, wives, lovers, friends, colleagues. Simply because they are women. This is gender-based violence; it is gender-based discrimination. It is a shame for our societies, a blemish on the face of our so-called “civilization”. On February 14th, the 15th anniversary of V-Day, we are inviting all women and those who love them (yes, that includes men) and care for them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP and DEMAND an end to this violence and the rape culture that encourages it and perpetuates it.
For more information, please visit http://www.onebillionrising.org/
V-Day is a global activist movement whose aim is to end violence against women and girls. It raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright and founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community.
For more information, please visit http://www.vday.org/
- Official One Billion Rising in Second Life blog
- One Billion Rising in-world group
- Facebook Page for One Billion Rising SL
- One Billion Rising in SL on Twitter
- One Billion Rising in SL Flickr group
- Event webpage at the official One Billion Rising website
Many thanks to the organisers, the participants and to all those who support, promote and help this initiative, as well as every initiative to end the atrocity of gender-based violence.
Mona (formerly slutrix)