On the 14th of February, Raha International School showed its support for the One Billion Rising campaign by hosting several performances throughout the day in order to bring an end to violence against women. Throughout the 21st century, there had been a series of misfortunate accidents that were both shameful and disgraceful to humanity: like the eleven year-old Malala Yousafzai who got shot by the Taliban for demanding the right to have an education, and the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. Did you know that, according to recent statistical studies, one in three women in the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime? And that is why the time has come. The time has come for women all around the globe to speak out – in protest. The time has finally come for the whole world to change, and become a better place.
So, the best place to start with this movement in order to bring a real change into the world is a school, where you could change educate the youngsters to distinguish between what’s right and what’s wrong. It is very important to teach the children all these issues that are going on every day around the world, because they will be the future of our planet. They are the ones who have the potential to revolutionize our world, and introduce a new time and a new way of being. They need to be the ones who need to value the women in our society, and appreciate them for who they are. Only then could the world finally achieve justice and gender equality.
That is why Raha International School decided to participate in this event to raise awareness, and fight for the cause. Firstly, there was a flash mob at break which featured several students and teachers of all age groups, genders, and nationalities dancing together as one. And meanwhile, there were students holding out posters that had the lyrics of the song “Break the Chain”, and pictures of feminist figures who spoke out for women’s rights. The dance was a great accomplishment as there was lots of energy and excitement in the atmosphere, and everyone understood the message it was conveying. At lunch time in the dance studio, Ms. Rhea Lynn showcased another one of her weekly Theatrical Thursdays, but this week’s performances were dedicated to the cause, as they were mostly powerful monologues portraying the struggles of females, and how they affect them physically and emotionally. Now, what happened last Thursday was an excellent example of how we could use the Theater for Change to make us all unite, and fight against the darkness of our world.
This week is all about raising awareness of the support needed by the women of our world, and the need of holding out to them a helping hand to get them through the difficult stages of life. We need to realize the importance of healing the world, and make it a safe place for our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters throughout the rest of eternity. For Tupac once said, “Since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman, I think it's time to stand for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women. So will the real men get up! I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your heads up”. Therefore, always remember, it is never too late to take action, and you have to be the change you want to see in the world.