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One billion women rising today - What effects will the campaign have?

Asked by mattbrowne (31449 points ) February 14th, 2013

“One Billion Rising is a global campaign by women, for women. The movement calls for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality. On February 14, 2013, a one-day event will be held, a call for one billion women around the world to walk away from their homes, businesses, and jobs, and join together to dance in a show of collective strength.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Billion_Rising

Your thoughts? Anything demonstrations happening where you live? Which countries are worst for girls and women?

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KNOWITALL's avatar

It seems like a good idea and normally I would support the campaign, although since it refers back to Todd Akin misspeaking, it appears politically-motivated to me, so for that reason I will not participate.

However, it’s a great cause that certainly needs more attention, as I know all too well.

elbanditoroso's avatar

How silly.

Dancing in the streets doesn’t do a darned thing.

If they want to address an grab-bag of causes (violence, justice, and gender equality aren’t even in the same ballpark), then the women should be:

- confronting their politicians
– getting organized politically
– getting organized through their social groups (church, school, etc.)
– pulling money from corporations that don’t support gender equality

but dancing in the street? Totally ineffective.

Better that there is a mass movement for no woman to every buy from WalMart again. That might have more effect.

jonsblond's avatar

The only thing going on in our little town is the Valentine’s Day party at the grade school. That’s where I’ll be, partying with my daughter.

I don’t see how these one day campaigns help, and I agree with @elbanditoroso, dancing in the streets isn’t doing a thing to help address the issue of abuse.

Seek's avatar

@ all who say “This doesn’t raise awareness of XYZ”

You’re all talking about the issue. Thus, awareness raised. Conversation started. Mission accomplished.

CWOTUS's avatar

This would explain the lateness in delivery of my sandwich. I’m sure that @__bob would be turning over in his grave, if he were dead.

Seek's avatar

Hmph.

My city sucks. The only one happening here is in a crappy, overpriced bar. Hardly dancing in the streets.

Unbroken's avatar

I agree @Seek_Kolinahr Harvey Milk used similar tactics. Being out in the community influencing people starting the conversation it is a small step. But a step nonetheless.

I haven’t heard anything about dancing in my community. But we have been more oriented and focused on the issue of DV and Abuse. It is rising awareness.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr – temporarily raised. But that said, I still think it is ridiculous, and the next time I hear of something like this, I will say “what idiots”.

And now that I know that this ‘movement’ does such silly things, if they ever ask me for contributions, I will say “no” because I know that the money will be wasted.

So they may have ‘informed’ me today – february 14, but they have lost a potential supporter, for life. Short term gain .. for long term loss. Not a great strategy.

Seek's avatar

It is unfortunate that you feel that way.

The political activists need to rally support. They do that by getting attention. This is one method of getting the attention of others – perhaps a few people will ask “What the heck is this all about?” and they will say “Oh, this is a cause I support, and now I know an organization that I can work with in order to help make the world a better place”.

Dancing in the streets for one day is not the be-all and end-all of the organization – it’s just more fun than a junk mail flyer campaign.

Unbroken's avatar

It is also a way to meet like minded individuals. More of them any how then what may be your small circle of activists.

Sunny2's avatar

They looked like they were having a good time. As others have pointed out, just being there made some people wonder what they were doing. Recognizing that some women feel strongly about an issue most people don’t even think about, is an awareness builder, and that can only be positive.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I don’t know why, but it’s a really big deal hear on my little island. I hope it continues as an annual event and grows.

What’s not to love about dancing?

Shippy's avatar

Call me a cynic but they may be dancing in the streets for that moment then a few hours later being bitches and not very supportive to each other.

mattbrowne's avatar

I’m trying to get some statistics about worldwide participation, which is difficult. Maybe too soon to google.

Raising awareness is important in every country, but I think it’s a huge issue in countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, India and so forth.

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