I think we’re living in a period…and I see this particularly in a place like the Congo where it’s kind of the ultimate fulfillment of what colonialism, capitalism, and sexism looks like when it fully realizes itself in one place. Where you see that 8 million people have died in the last 13 years and millions of women have been raped and tortured. Where indigenous mines that belong to the Congolese are being pillaged and raped by the entire world for their benefit, and militias are being used to do that work and be their proxies.
And we’re seeing the same thing all around the world. We have the US military serving mining companies here and not being indigenous to this country, not allowing the resources to be for the Filipinos. I think that theme is around the world. The wealthy and the 1% is pillaging and stealing to amplify their own resources, which are already plenty. And where there is enormous poverty we see a rise in violence against women. Where we see militarization, we see prostitution and sexual violence. Where we see the destruction of lands and global warming, we see of course the rise of violence against women. Where we see typhoons and the breakdown of societies and civilizations where people are relocated, we see violence against women. That is violence against women.
We can’t remove economic violence as one of the violences that women are suffering because we know that women are the primary workforce of the world that is the most underpaid, underrealized, and underseen. So I think what’s very exciting about One Billion Rising, particularly outside of the US, but it’s even beginning to happen in the US, we’re seeing the merging of these issues where we understand that violence against women is a seriously political issue.