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RISE! DISRUPT! CONNECT!
One Billion Rising first began in 2013 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. Over the last four years, as One Billion Rising has grown and the local campaigns deepened, it has also brought in economic violence and the violence of poverty, racial violence, gender violence, violence caused by corruption, occupation and aggression, violence caused by environmental disasters, climate change and environmental plunder, violence impacting women in the context of state sponsored wars, militarization, and the worsening internal and international displacement of millions of people, among so many others.

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.

Read more here about the international campaign to Rise! Disrupt! Connect!

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One Billion Rising in Second Life 2017
For the fith year, on February 14, 2017, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Disrupt and Connect as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dramatic productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period and poetry and dramatic events will be held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.

If you would like to volunteer to support the event, go here to find out how you can join in.

If you would like to  contribute through art, poetry, music, or drama, contact our team inworld:

Music: Samantha Ohrberg
Art: Krystali Rabeni
Dance: Aelva
Poetry: Adele Ward

If you would like to report on the event as a member of the press, go here.

The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

We will be announcing the sponsors for One Billion Rising shortly.

Additional links:
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising page: www.onebillionrising.org/

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Pallina60 Loon has produced a beautiful video about One Billion Rising for Justice in Second Life.

The first half features some of the stunning art installations, while the second half looks at people joining the event.

It’s a great tribute to the event – don’t miss it!

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Designing Worlds show about the wonderful One Billion Rising event is now on the web!

We talk to Victor Mornington, who created the fabulous stage, to Taralyn Gravois, who curated the fantastic art installations, to Samantha Ohrberg, who organised the amazing music programme, to JuJu Apollo Starr, the stage manager lead, and to Jilly Kidd, who organised the poetry sessions. And we learn more about some of the individual art installations with artists Mikati Slade, Krystali Rabeni, Reuben Mayo, Finn Lanzius and Betty Tureaud.

The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

We also something more of the live event – both the musical side, and the poetry sessions as well. It’s a great show – don’t miss it!

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The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

Join us today, Monday 24th February at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we take a look at the One Billion Rising event, held on Friday 14th February.

We’ll be talking to Victor Mornington, who created the fabulous stage, to Taralyn Gravois, who curated the fantastic art installations, to Samantha Ohrberg, who organised the amazing music programme, to JuJu Apollo Starr, the stage manager lead, and to Jilly Kidd, who organised the poetry sessions. And we’ll be learning more about the individual art installations with artists Mikati Slade, Krystali Rabeni, Reuben Mayo, Finn Lanzius and Betty Tureaud.

Installation at One Billion Rising by Krystali Rabelni

Installation at One Billion Rising by Krystali Rabelni

We’ll also be seeing something more of the live event – both the musical side, and the poetry sessions as well.

So … do join us at 2pm for a very special episode!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

Today is the last chance to visit the One Billion Rising regions and see the art installations, the fabulous stage created by Victor1st Mornington and the beautiful gardens and landscaping created by Aisling Sinclair.

Everything will be taken down today, ready to return the islands tomorrow morning – but we’ll be closing with a take down party! Join us on OBR Dance! (or Rise, Release or Justice!).

Looking towards the Meditation Park - landscaped by Aisling Sinclair

Looking towards the Meditation Park – landscaped by Aisling Sinclair

The party starts at 2pm with Victor1st Mornington as DJ. At 4pm, Samm Quendra will be singing live … and then we will close out the event after that.

Don’t miss it!

One Billion Rising Stage at night

One Billion Rising Stage at night

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One Billion Rising, photographed by Victor1st Mornington

One Billion Rising, photographed by Victor1st Mornington

Thank you to everyone who took part in this amazing event – greeters, security, stage managers, artists, poets, musicians, sponsors and all of you who visited and shared the experience.

The four regions will be open all Saturday for people to visit and explore all the art installations and galleries.

Art Installations ay One Billion Rising

Art Installations ay One Billion Rising

Sunday will be take-down day, with artists removing their installations and the stage being removed – but before that last happens, we will be having a Take Down Party at 2pm SLT.

Installation by Krystali Rabeni

Installation by Krystali Rabeni

I would say that we’ll dance till we drop but – as we know from Friday – that could take rather a long time!

2LEI Group Installation at One Billion Rising

2LEI Group Installation at One Billion Rising

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The four One Billion Rising regions will be open at 11pm on Thursday 13th February, to give people time to arrive and settle in before the event starts at midnight.

The four regions are:

OBR Dance
OBR Justice
OBR Release
OBR Rise

Once you are here, you will find an information point, a sponsor board and a gift area at the landing point. From there you can explore the art installations, go to a poetry reading, or head for the main stage to listen to music and to dance.

And here is a map, to help you explore!

What's Where at One Billion Rising in Second Life!

What’s Where at One Billion Rising in Second Life!

Note that Dance, Justice and Release are all General content regions; Rise is a Moderate region.

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