Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One Billion Rising !

Hi all,

First of all, thank you so much for your overwhelming response to our closure mail. The immense affection that we have received through your mails, your kid’s letters and so many of you personally visiting us to tell us that you are going to miss us!

Thank you, we at twistntales feel genuinely touched and moved. However, the decision stays.

We will be working till end Feb. However, in Feb, we will be closing from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Even as we are shutting shop, we have two amazing events coming up in twistntales.

1. 14th Feb, Thurs, 8pm One Billion Rising – community dance at twistntales

2. 16th Feb, Sat, 6.30pm “Revenge of the Pharoah” a Egyptian theme event, reading of the book by author, Sonja Chandrachud.

While we will send you another mail regarding the reading session on 16th Feb (meant for ages 10 to 14yrs), we are planning this as a theme event complete with belly dancing, tattoos and hair braiding for the pre-teens/ teens. And we expect all participants to come dressed in Egyptian costumes! This early announcement is to give you adequate time to get your costume ready.

Our event on 14th Feb, Thurs, 8pm:

February 14, 2013 will see over 13000 organisations around the globe coming together for the One Billion Rising campaign that demands to stop violence against women.

The One Billion Rising campaign was called into action by V-Day, an organization established by activist and playwright Eve Ensler. Activities towards creating awareness of the campaign have ramped up all over the world – over 13,000 organizations around the globe, and 176 countries have committed to participate and hold events on February 14, 2013.

In 2012, V-Day decided to launch the campaign of One Billion Rising. When United Nation reported that 1 in 3 women on the planet, that is one billion women, will face violence – beaten or raped – in their lifetime, V-Day decided to invite one billion women across the world to stand up against violence – “walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence” on February 14th, 2013 – the date of V-Day’s 15th Anniversary. The campaign states that, “One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with millions of women and men around the world to say, “ENOUGH! The violence ends NOW”.”

In India, the One Billion Rising Campaign is being worked on in more than 15 states. Organizations including women’s groups, Dalit groups, human right activists, writers, artistes including Aparna Sen, Javed Akhtar, Mahasweta Devi, Mallika Sarabhai, Mita Vasisht, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Rituparno Ghosh, Samik Bandyopadhyay, Shabana Azmi, Soumitra Chatterjee and Usha Uthup, and men and women and children have participated in the events that form the run up to February 14.

The One Billion Rising Campaign was launched in India in Delhi when Sangat, Jagori and the Jamia Outreach Programme along with over 36 women and community collectives/groups came together at the Jamia Millia Islamia University on November 24, 2012. The Minister for Women and Child Development, Delhi, Ms. Kiran Walia partnered the effort.

On February 14th, 2013, one billion women and those who love them are invited to walk out, rise up, dance, and strike to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

On 14th Feb 2013, at 8pm, twistntales will join 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.

Be there to dance with us. The One Billion Rising Videos along with the community dance, will happen at twistntales. And we will take the ONE BILLION RISING pledge.

So, wear your dancing shoes and come. And men, yes, we want to see you in large numbers!

From the team at,

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