One Billion Rising: How The Hunger Project Rose Up Against Violence for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

THP Bdesh One Billion 2013.nodeViolence against women is a serious public health issue that has received recent attention with cases surfacing around the world, particularly in India, Bangladesh and Turkey. In response and protest, activists came together on February 14th, 2013 to raise a global voice in a movement called One Billion Rising. The Hunger Project staff around the world took part and sent in stories and images from their experiences! Rise up!

In Bangladesh, 500 people gathered along a major road to bring a voice to a long-silenced group of women (pictured above). THP-Bangladesh Country Director Dr. Badiul Majumdar was among the protestors. Read a full report of the day from THP-Bangladesh and check out more great pictures from the event on THP-Bangladesh’s Facebook.

In London, people and cakes (!) were rising when The Hunger Project-UK partnered with JMJ Associates. Check out photos of the delicious protest on THP-UK’s Facebook page!

In Philly, Sr. Microfinance Program Officer Marie Mintalucci danced it out! “It was a great event! With people of all ages and walks of life. Even a few men!! I thought the most powerful part was when we all recited an excerpt of the Maya Angelou poem Still I Rise. Hopefully all the events around Philly (and the world!) today will be as successful.” Marie sent us a few great pictures from the event!

In New York, hundreds of people dancing the macarena took over Union Square! Watch a video of the night here.

Check back here for more updates from around the world as the photos and stories come pouring in!

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