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One Billion Rising Flash Mob in the Panigram Village!

Posted by on February 14th, 2013

On February 14 Panigram Resort joined with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Panigram organized a dance flash mob in their village as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. About 100 women, 100 girls, and 200 men participated in the dance mob as a call to end violence against women and for gender equality.

The mob was lead by more than 80 of the participants in Panigram’s English and hospitality training program and 30 of the resort’s female construction workers; the trainees and workers are all residents of the villages surrounding the resort. Many of the women in the program, who come from conservative Muslim families, were worried about dancing in public. At the practice session the ratio of men to women was four to one, however on the day of the event men and women showed up in equal numbers (though the men were less afraid to step up and dance!) Women in bright red burqa danced alongside young girls in pink dresses. Girls from the women’s college, high school, and primary school tied red ribbons around their wrist and joined the dance party in the town square.

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. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Panigram Resort will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

Here is a small video of our crazy flash mob!

And some photos from the day:

Kristin Boekhoff, Panigram Resort's CEO, explains what One Billion Rising is to the crowd.

Men and women from the village come together and dance to end violence against women.

Women and girls from the village dressed in red for the V-Day rising!

The Panigram women share why they are rising:

5 Responses to “One Billion Rising Flash Mob in the Panigram Village!”

  1. Didar says:

    Dear Kristin Boekhoff,
    Congratulation! Everything looks Wonderful & keep up all your good works. We need someone like you everywhere in Bangladesh. Please come to CHT & do something like this. Again thanks a million for your wonderful works.

    All the Best Didar

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  3. Dennis Boekhoff says:

    Could any father be prouder of his daughter than I am right now? Great job everyone and for a great cause.

  4. [...] Kristin Boekhoff writes how the trainees and workers of Panigram resort organized a dance flash mob in their village as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. [...]

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