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Hundreds join One Billion Rising march in Hong Kong

07 March 2016

By Jo Campos

Hundreds of people from different sectors and nationalities have turned up for the One Billion Rising gathering in Hong Kong, led this year by its founder, noted playwright and women’s rights activist Eve Ensler.

The “risers” toured several parts of Central on Feb 21 where they were joined by pockets of supporters before they all marched together to Edinburgh Place where they danced to the OBR songs.
Ensler was accompanied by OBR global director Monique Wison, and both received strong support from migrant support organizations like the Asian Migrant Coordinating Body, Gabriela Hong Kong and the Mission for Migrant Workers.

The day-long event was kicked off by synchronized dancing, followed by a media meet-up, before the organizers began the tour around Central.

The hour-long parade around the key district was highlighted by the participation by  workers from various ethnic groups, notably the Filipinos and Indonesians, who held banners and chanted their concerns as they marched.

The marchers attracted a lot of attention along the way, as they stopped at key areas to make speeches and perform the OBR flash mob dance.

Back at Edinburgh, the marchers all danced together before the main program started.

Wilson, a noted stage actress and activist, sang the OBR theme, “I Am Rising”, before giving an emotional speech thanking all who took part, and urged them to continue to rise and speak up against the violence against women and children.

It was her third appearance in the Hong Kong celebration of OBR since it started three years ago.
Ensler said she was awed by the dedication, courage and support by the migrant workers and everyone who participated in the event. She called on everyone to continue to rise, act and listen as what the OBR slogan conveys.

Ensler also took time to listen to the concerns and problems migrant workers face in Hong Kong.
V Day or the One Billion Rising for Revolution is a global campaign calling for an end to violence against women and children around the world.
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