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One Billion Rising: Amplifying the Voices of Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK



 

One Billion Rising, a global movement against gender-based violence, takes on new dimensions when we explore the experiences of migrant domestic workers in the UK. As we delve into their stories, we discover the intersectionality of challenges faced by this vulnerable group and how they are reclaiming their voices through the powerful platform of One Billion Rising.

 

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One Billion Rising was initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, best known for her groundbreaking play "The Vagina Monologues." It was launched on Valentine's Day in 2012 as a response to the staggering statistic that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime – totaling one billion women worldwide.


It is not just a protest; it is a call to action, an invitation to dance, and a celebration of strength. The movement encourages individuals, communities, and organisations to come together, break the silence, and rise against gender-based violence. The act of dancing becomes a symbolic expression of solidarity.


I am rising to empower women and girls to speak out against violence and reclaim our autonomy. - Jeanly

 

Migrant domestic workers, often residing in the shadows of society, are essential yet vulnerable contributors to households across the UK. Their journey is marked by aspirations for better opportunities, but unfortunately, many find themselves ensnared in situations ripe for exploitation and abuse. One Billion Rising emerges as a vital conduit for these silent heroes to step into the light, share their unique experiences, and align with The Voice of Domestic Workers in amplifying their collective call for justice.

 

I am rising to pursue justice and equal rights for migrant domestic workers who have endured abuse. I am rising for all women to live free from fear and violence, to have equal opportunities in education and employment, to have control over their bodies and have the ability to participate in the society without discrimination.   - Mimi

 

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