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The Cyprus Women’s Lobby (CWL) invites you to Listen, Act and Rise with them through the Old Town of Nicosia together with domestic workers to mark One Billion Rising 2016 – joining one billion women and men round the world who will RISE TO ESCALATE THE CALL FOR REVOLUTION to end violence against women focusing on the domestic workers in Cyprus.

Today, over 30,000 female migrant domestic workers live and work in Cyprus. It is estimated that an additional 15,000 are undocumented. Although female migrant domestic workers contribute significantly to our economy and everyday life, they are invisible in relation to policy and legislation as these relate to integration, violence against women, exploitation and trafficking in human beings. Migrant domestic workers are isolated and marginalized with no right to civic participation or labour protection, rendering them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Domestic workers have reported widespread physical, psychological and sexual abuse as well as exploitative working conditions.

Join the Cyprus Women's Lobbyon the 14 February at Faneromeni Square in Nicosia, at 12:00 and demand an end to the exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic workers!

About One Billion Rising:

1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February through March 8th, thousands of Risings take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities – to show the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of various forms of violence face. People around the world rise through dance to express rage against injustices, and the power of global solidarity and collective action. They dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that together, violence can be defeated. They rise to show a determination to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

IN 2016, WE ARE ESCALATING THE CALL FOR REVOLUTION.
The One Billion Rising: Rise for Revolution 2016 is an escalation of the first three stages of the campaign.–
We’ve danced. We’ve demanded justice. WE’VE DEMANDED CHANGES.
This year we are radicalizing our actions – enlarging, deepening and expanding the revolution.
We need to be braver, bolder, more creative and determined with our actions.
With events planned in over 180 countries around the world on the same day, let’s join our voices demanding an end to violence against these women and girls.

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