NEWS – Domestic Workers Join ‘One Billion Rising’ Dance-Off in Central

International feminist event One Billion Rising 2015 will continue tomorrow, 1pm at Chater Road Central (near Exit K MTR).

Today, over a hundred supporters gathered in Central to perform the One Billion Rising dance for equality. 

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the domestic worker who won a case against her abusive employer this week, was among those who attended.

Yesterday, she celebrated with members of the Justice for Erwiana Committee, HK Helpers Campaign and other NGOs and supporters.

One Billion Rising is a global movement of women and men struggling to end violence against women and children and for global social justice. Click for coverage of last year’s event.

This year, the One Billion Rising theme is “Revolution” – raising the bar from addressing violence committed against women and children to addressing the root cause of the problems. These include fundamental issues such as inequality, social injustice, and imperialist wars and aggression.

“In Hong Kong, one of the most common cases of violence are those committed against migrant domestic workers. The most prominent one is the case of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih who was forced to come to Hong Kong because of widespread unemployment and poverty only to suffer extreme exploitation and violence from her former employer. There are still many Erwianas out there, many suffering in isolation and silence because of the existing government policies that deter migrant workers from coming forward and complain.”

– Mission for Migrant Workers Press Release, 14.2.15.

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“1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.”

– One Billion Rising statement