One Billion Rising in Sri Lanka

One Billion Rising, 14 February, Colombo. Photo courtesy of Tehani Ariyaratne.
One Billion Rising, 14 February, Colombo. Photo courtesy of Tehani Ariyaratne.

We are rising to end violence against women on Valentine’s Day, 2013.

Rising because we can; we must. Because we as a society are responsible for what happens to our women.
Because it’s important for our sons to know what we know, that they learn what we have learned.
Because on this day of ‘love’, we want to say we love our women; we will protect them; we will stand for them and by them.

Some of us are rising because not all of us can, yet. Because we live in hope that soon there will be a day when everyone will.
Because One Billion is not a small number; it is not a number the world can ignore.

We are rising because we can no longer stand by pretending we have no power.
We can no longer look the other way, unaffected until it happens to us.

We have the power because we make these societies. We live in them. We can change them.

We are rising because we refuse to be merely the victims.
Because there’s no way they can keep one billion of us down.

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