Grammy Winner Anoushka Shankar, daughter of ace Indian Classical Musician Ravi Shankar has directed her energies for an online campaign “One Billion Rising” in collaboration with Change.org to stop violence against women. The event is set to take place on February 14 with the message “Dance, rise up, and demand”.
Millions of people from across 200 countries are going to join the campaign. Even studies conducted by UN also indicate the possibility of women abuse where one out of every three women stands the risk of being beaten or raped in their lifetime.
While talking about the campaign, the website said, “The campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, ‘Enough! The violence ends now’,” A video of Anoushka asking people to come out and raise their voices against gender-bias is also present on the website.
Anoushka Shankar has also run a feminism club in school while growing up in USA. However, she didn’t quite know it back then that the issue will assume great significance in the coming days.
The Indian composer also said, “As a child I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly. Growing up, like most women I know, I suffered various forms of groping, touching, verbal abuse and other things I didn’t know how to deal with, I didn’t know I could change,”
“As a woman I find I am frequently living in fear. Afraid to walk alone at night, afraid to answer a man who asks for the time… and enough is enough. I am rising, for (the Delhi rape victim) and women like her. I am rising with the amazing women of my country. I am rising for the child in me, who I don’t think will ever forgive and recover from what happened to her.
“So, join me, let’s rise, let’s dance. Dance has the power to heal, to transform. So let’s transform ourselves and this world. Let’s rise together,” said Anoushka Shankar who now lives in London.