One billion rising in Tuzla

Our goal was to encourage citizens to show, through dance, their strength, numbers and solidarity by joining us on February 14, 2013 at 14.00 on Turalibegova Street in front of the police. However, we also aimed to raise awareness of a broad issue that is often kept silent – violence against women and girls. 

One billion rising in Tuzla

One billion rising in Tuzla

“One Billion Rising” began as a call to action based on the dire statistic that one in three women will be raped or abused during her lifetime. Together with Radio Kameleon Tuzla, Association “HO HORIZONTI” took part in organizing the campaign and activities in Tuzla, animating citizens through our official website (www.horizonti.ba ), Facebook, e-mail, and direct distribution of leaflets throughout the city. Our goal was to encourage citizens to show, through dance, their strength, numbers and solidarity by joining us on February 14, 2013 at 14.00 on Turalibegova Street in front of the police. However, we also aimed to raise awareness of a broad issue that is often kept silent – violence against women and girls.

The protest rally in Tuzla, which began at 13.30, was attended by public figures, activists of nongovernmental organizations, high school students and many other male and female citizens of Tuzla. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, HE Anne Vibeke Lilloe, opened the public meeting and emphasized the importance of tackling violence against women systematically. The group “Dirty Angels Crew” took care of the dance portion of the event, as they had prepared choreography to the dance “Break the Chain”, the official song of the “One Billion Rising” campaign.

Keeping in mind that students at the Gymnasium “Ismet Mujezinovic” in Tuzla were not able to skip classes to join us at the public meeting, one of our volunteers worked in cooperation with professors to organize that all departments would stop for a short moment at 14.00 to take pictures as a sign of support.

We are grateful to everyone who responded to our call. Their presence showed that all of us, citizens of Tuzla, are against all violence against women and girls. We are grateful to Radio Kameleon for their cooperation, and we are especially grateful to our valuable young activists.

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