Anoushka Shankar supports women’s causes by backing “One Billion Rising” campaign in India, various events to be organized across India on 14th February (VIDEO)


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”.

Anoushka Shankar backs “One Billion Rising” campaign in India, various events organized across India on 14th February-global-annal

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.

Source: NDTV Movies, Yahoo, One Billion Rising, Change.Org

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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