With fists raised to the sky, thousands of Bangladeshis throughout the country stood together in city streets and plazas last week chanting “no more, no more!” to demand an end to violence against women as part of the “One Billion Rising” movement.
Bangladesh was among the 203 countries around the world that organised anti-violence demonstrations for February 14, 2013. More than 13,000 people throughout all 64 districts in Bangladesh “rose” up in protest.
For the southern Asian country, the “One Billion Rising” movement hits home. A reported 174,691 women in Bangladesh were the victim of violence, including acid attacks, abductions, rapes, murders, trafficking, and dowry-related violence, between 2001 and 2012, according to a report by the country's police.
And according to the United Nations Human Development Report, Bangladesh has the worst record for rape in the region, meaning that statistically one in every 1,000 women is raped.
One Billion Rising, the V-Day campaign's largest global action, was named for the fact that at least a billion women worldwide will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, according to the UN.
Below are some photos from the movement, courtesy of the One Billion Rising Bangladesh Facebook page.