Standing up for women

There is a "revolution" afoot and it is coming to a city near you.

But there is no reason to panic because this revolution aims to shine a light on violence against women.

The event, called One Billion Rising, is part of a global campaign - now in its fourth year - that calls for the end of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls. This year, about 200 countries around the world are expected to participate in the campaign.

Yesterday, the students of St Scholastica's College (left) participated in the campaign in Manila, Philippines. The movement refers to United Nations statistics that one in three women, about one billion globally, will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

"We've danced, we've demanded justice, we've demanded changes. This year, we are radicalising our actions, enlarging, deepening and expanding the revolution," said One Billion Rising director Monique Wilson.

Ms Wilson and One Billion Rising founder Eve Ensler have set out on a tour of the Philippines, visiting Manila's biggest slum areas and cities and towns ravaged by typhoon Haiyan in 2013, where there has been an uptick in trafficking of minors and prostitution.

Raul Dancel

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2016, with the headline 'Standing up for women'. Print Edition | Subscribe