One Billion Rising event held in Zagreb!

Feb 12, 2013

On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, the ONE BILLION RISING initiative invited women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to the violence. In Zagreb, the dance protest was organised by the Zagreb Centre for Women's Studies, Centre for Victims of War, K-zona, Women's Room, Croatian Association of Persons with Disabilities and UN family in Croatia.

Numberous Croatian celebrities joined the campaign singing and dancing as a sign of protest against violence. Among them were: U pola devet kod Sabe, Nina Romić, Zdenka Kovačiček, leZbor, Vatra, Boa, Plechinger i Kovačići, Ante Perković, Goran Bogdan, Vili Matula, Jewsers, Milan Majerović Stilinović, Jonny and his Rockin' Tunes, Damir Hoyka, Vesna Mimica and VEM, Zagrebački plesni studio, 5 Plesova, Centar salsa... and many others. . President Ivo Josipović, member of Secretary General's Network of Men Leaders initiative against violence against women, also joined the protest.

According to statistics, one in three women in the world, that is, one billion women, will experience some kind of violence in their lifetime. Some 250,000 persons every year fall victims of human trafficking in Europe, 79% of them for the purpose of sexual abuse, and 80% of this figure are women. The EU reports say that between 40-50% of women experience some form of sexual harasment at their workplace.

In Croatia, the figures are also alarming. Every year, there are up to 20000 reported cases of violence, and the number of women killed by the partners rises with each year. Domestic violence affects as many as one in three families, and up to 40 percent of Croatian citizens know at least one victim of domestic violence. According to police statistics, 45 cases of domestic violence are reported every day in Croatia, with the number rising to 60 on holidays, when family tensions often run high.

The aim of the campaign One Billion Rising is to show dedication and solidarity in preventing violence, as well as to warn about its fatal consequences. One Billion Rising is a call to millions of abused women, as well as to men who love them and respect them, to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence...

The One Billion Rising campaign was simultaneously organised in more than 150 countries, by more than 15.000 organisations and individuals, including government representatives and members of parliaments, as well as numerous celebrities. In Croatia, people danced and protested in Zagreb, Split, Slavonski Brod, Zadar, Krapina, Šibenik, Čakovec, Sisak, Kutina, Pula, Križevci, Slatina, Karlovac, Virovitica, Koprivnica, and in the countries in the region in Sarajevo, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Leskovac, Podgorica, Banja Luka, Niš, Kruševac, Priština and Skopje.