And yes, the regions are now open for public access! As for the RL event, women and men throughout the world gather “outside places where they are entitled to justice – court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.”
In Second Life, the event is held in four regions that have been specifically designed and set up for this purpose, complete with information kiosks, 2D and 3D art installations, as well as poetry-reading sessions, which will take place at 08:00 and 15:00 SLT at the Poetry Cafe. The artists’ roster is substantial and includes famous names like Giovanna Cerise, Betty Tureaud, Tyrehl Byk et al. The four regions are surrounded by art installations and there is also a special 2D art gallery and a 3D art garden.
The event was first held in Second Life in 2013 and helped raise awareness in a positive manner, by using dance and music to bring people together to stand against the systemic violence and discrimination that women of all ages are put through in most parts of the world. It also provides information on organisations and institutions where survivors of rape and domestic and societal abuse can find help – and where people who want to help have a chance to do so.
As of February 13th, 23:00 SLT, the regions are open; music started at midnight and will continue for 24 hours non-stop until the midnight of February 14th. Of course, everyone is invited to the event.
The term “One Billion Rising” came from extremely disturbing findings by the United Nations that show that one in three women worldwide will be beaten and/or raped at some point in her life, at the hands of either her partner or her family or complete strangers.
Finding information on OBR in SL 2014
You can also find information (landmarks for the regions, as well as information about the music, art and poetry events) on the event not only at the information kiosks that you can find on the OBR regions, but also in various other places across the grid. The sponsors and supporters of the event have received information packs (and special display bears, created by Sway Dench) which they can set out in their stores and organisations – like the one at PRIME Furniture in the illustration.
If you would like an information pack to put out at your store or organisation, or an information card to send to your group, contact Saffia Widdershins inworld or email email@example.com
In addition, there are gift packs with information notecards and landmarks as well as the OBR teeshirts for men (created by Style by Kira) and women (created by Liv-Glam) and the One Billion Rising bears available at the following locations:
Prim Perfect Offices in the Seychelles
Prim Perfect Offices in Second Life Norway
Designing Worlds Studios in Garden of Dreams
The Daily Prim in Seraph City
The Primgraph in Caledon Morgaine
Map of the OBR in SL 2014 regions
Below is the map of the four regions that are used for the One Billion Rising in Second Life 2014 event.
One Billion Rising landing points:
One Billion Rising is not a fundraising event; it is meant to raise awareness. Its goal is twofold:
- To encourage women to speak up against a mentality that treats them as someone’s property and as “fair game” for any sort of abuse, and to stop tolerating having it done on them and on other women;
- To engage women’s loved ones (lovers, spouses, friends, family, etc) in the effort to remove societal acceptance and tolerance of gender-based violence, discrimination and abuse.
It is an inclusive, positive and inviting way for women and their loved ones to unite their voices in an effort to make the idea that a woman is not an object or a possession, but a person whose rights and dignity are to be respected. It cannot substitute, of course, all the hard work done by volunteers and social workers in shelters for women that have been victimised. Those who wish to take direct action to support women that have been abused will find information givers in the four regions, which provide details on organisations around the world which will gladly accept donations and support.
Personally, I will be spending quite a bit of the remainder of the Valentine’s Day evening there. I hope you will take the time to visit the event. If you see me there, do say hi!
- One Billion Rising in Second Life … is Open! – Official blog for OBR in SL 2014
- Where in Second Life Can I Find Out More About One Billion Rising in Second Life? – Official blog for OBR in SL 2014
- What makes One Billion Rising’s invitation to dance a radical move – by Jill Filipovic (The Guardian, Feb. 14 2013)
- Saffia Widdershins’ posts regarding OBR
- OBR in SL 2014 Volunteer Application Form
- Blog for One Billion Rising SL
- 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
- Official One Billion Rising website
- One Billion Rising coverage on this blog
- One Billion Rising coverage by Inara Pey