Social Media Storm - "Ring the Bell: One Million Men, One Promise"

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Social Media Storm - "Ring the Bell: One Million Men, One Promise"

Time: March 8, 2013 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: New Delhi
Street: British Council Division, British High Commission, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place
City/Town: Delhi, 110001
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Phone: 011 4219 9000
Event Type: social, media, event, -, online, and, offline
Organized By: Breakthrough (posted by Dr. Leena Sushant)
Latest Activity: Feb 20, 2013

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This International Women's Day, Breakthrough is calling on everybody to take action to end violence against women and work towards creating safe spaces for women.

 Human rights begin with each of us in the smallest of places - any action, however tiny, has the power to create a change. At Breakthrough, we work with unlikely partners, like men and boys, by making innovative use of media, arts, popular culture and technology to bring an end to violence against women. We see men and boys as our allies and the solution to one of the most pervasive problems in our society. Each small act on the part of each man -- no matter where he lives -- adds up to immediate prevention, shifts in norms, and lasting change.

Breakthrough aims to create an enabling environment for women across the board - where daughters are at par with sons, wives with their husbands, mothers with fathers - so that spaces within and outside the home are safe for women.

This year, from the 8th of March (International Women's Day) to the 25th of November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women), Breakthrough will be calling upon one million men to make one million promises to take action towards ending violence against women. We are calling on men and boys worldwide to commit to Ring the Bell by taking tangible action to stand up against violence against women.

On March 8th we will unleash the power of Ring The Bell with collaborative launches in New Delhi, New York, Johannesburg, Rio and Malaysia. This is a global call to action for a million men to raise their voices against violence with a promise to take concrete steps forward, and together build a safer world for women and girls.

A Social Media Storm in New Delhi will see over 500 students, bloggers and activists gather at a single venue (along with their laptops, mobile phones and/or tablets) and, for two to three hours, tweet, blog, Facebook, message and talk about the action they can (and will) take to end Violence Against Women. This will be interspersed with keynote speakers and performances to create a vibrant and connected backdrop against which commitments will be collected and publically celebrated.

 This will be followed by a series of community mobilization activities gathering promises and pledges that will span New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Karnataka over the next nine months, culminating in a celebration of more than a million promises on the 25th of November.

By unveiling the powerful promises of one million men to support a safer world for women and girls, Breakthrough strives to bring global attention and urgency to the important role men and boys can play in changing culturally accepted violence against women and launching a globally active network of individuals and institutions jointly committed to mobilizing millions more to ring the bell.

The pledges can take different forms. For instance, they may be about:

  • Speaking up against violence in the home, community and workplace
  • Using social networks and communication channels to spread the message that violence against women is unacceptable
  • Creating  and advocating for new policies in the workplace that focus on the security and safety of women
  • Offering corporate assets, expertise and other kinds of support to generate awareness and action
  • Defining newer and concrete ways to build a safer world!

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Comment by Leena Sushant on February 20, 2013 at 9:06
The venue for 8th March event is:
British Council Division, British High Commission,
17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place 
Delhi, 110001
 011 4219 9000
Comment by Sanghamitra Dhar on February 16, 2013 at 20:46

Where exactly are these students/participants going to gather in Delhi on 8th, the venue?

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