FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2014
Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415)
San Francisco Leaders Announce Actions to Support “One Billion Rising for Justice”
Feb 14 Declared “One Billion Rising Day” to End Violence Against Women and Girls
San Francisco – San Francisco leaders including District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Police Chief Greg Suhr, President of the Commission on the Status of Women Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, and V-Day Executive Director Susan Swan announced a series of actions to support “One Billion Rising,” a global campaign taking place in over 170 countries, to end violence against women and girls. This year, the campaign will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence and sexual assault.
"By rising for justice and calling for an end to violence against women and girls, we give voice to the millions of silent victims who are needlessly and tragically suffering as a result of such horrendous crimes,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We cannot ignore this human rights violation, impacting 1 in 3 women on this earth. San Francisco is proud to do our part and rise with 170 countries all over the world.”
On February 4th, Supervisor David Chiu introduced a Board of Supervisors resolution reaffirming San Francisco’s commitment to rise against violence and declaring February 14th “One Billion Rising for Justice Day”. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the resolution on February 11.
"One Billion Rising for Justice makes the important link between the domestic violence movement and a global understanding of the violence that women face around the world” said David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. “In San Francisco, our City family has been working hard to address significant domestic violence issues locally, and One Billion Rising is an important reminder that our efforts here are situated within the larger context of working towards justice for all survivors and perpetrators of gender violence across the globe.”
On February 14th, from 4 to 6pm, thousands of people are expected as San Francisco welcomes “One Billion Rising” to the steps of City Hall. Speakers include: Mayor Edwin M. Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, V-Day Executive Director Susan Celia Swan, Commission on the Status of Women President Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez, Filipina Women’s Network CEO Marily Mondejar and other city leaders and advocates. The event will feature entertainment by apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Taiko Drummers from Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts, hip hop group Oshaku, flash mobs and more special guests to be announced.
“We are back again this year to deepen and expand the conversation that began last year's One Billion Rising,” said Susan Swan, Executive Director of V-Day. “This year activists, artists, anti-violence advocates, city leaders and groups representing diverse communities will come together on the steps of City Hall around the theme of justice, the call for accountability and an end to violence against women and girls. We invite all of San Francisco to come together and share their vision of justice and an end to the violence that affects one in three women.”
On March 1st at noon at Hastings College of the Law, a first ever free legal clinic will be held for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Organized by VDAY, the District Attorney’s Office, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, and the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, volunteer attorneys will be on hand to give advice on family, immigration, housing, employment, consumer and other legal issues impacting survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. Last year, over one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.