Pat Mitchell Releases "Becoming a Dangerous Woman"; OBR Statement In Support of Filipino Women Human Rights Defenders
We are thrilled to share the news that V-Board Member, Pat Mitchell, groundbreaking media icon and advocate for women's rights, has released a new memoir detailing her journey from her childhood in the South to her rise in media and global affairs. In Becoming a Dangerous Woman, Pat Mitchell shares anecdotes from traveling in war zones with V-Day/One Billion Rising Founder Eve Ensler and Glenn Close to navigating power structures in Washington D.C.
"I can think of no woman who does more to move other women forward. From creating and providing platforms for women to share their voices, to making sure women are hired on the job, to insisting women are front and center in the media, to sharing, mentoring, networking, and always highlighting the best in us. Her life and being is a true lesson in sisterhood." — Eve Ensler
The book features interviews with V-Day activists including City of Joy Co-Founder and Director Christine Schuler Deschryver, One Billion Rising Global Director Monique Wilson, V-Day Safe House for the Girls Founder Agnes Pareyio, and Afghan women's leader Zoya.
"Dangerous times call for dangerous women," Mitchell tells us, and in sharing her story, she encourages others to braver and bolder, to dismantle the barriers to full equality they see in their own lives, and to embrace risk to create a more equitable world. The book covers many of her career highlights such as being one of the first women reporters and anchors for national television, the first female president and CEO of PBS, and her role in creating TEDWoman.
Pat Mitchell is a relentless advocate for women and has paved the way for more dangerous women to RISE to power and dismantle the barriers of gender inequality.
"Equality can't wait - and we can't play our part from the sidelines." — Pat Mitchell
ONE BILLION RISING STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF CORA AGOVIDA, GABRIELA MANILA CHAIRPERSON/ONE BILLION RISING (OBR) ACTIVIST AND ALL WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN THE PHILIPPINES
One Billion Rising stands in solidarity with GABRIELA and all activists in the midst of the recent spate of attacks against human rights in the Philippines. We condemn the illegal arrest of Cora Agovida, GABRIELA Manila Chairperson and fellow One Billion Rising activist. OBR also condemns the simultaneous raids conducted by the CIDG-PNP on the offices of Gabriela, Bayan Muna and the National Federation of Sugar Workers in the afternoon of the same day.
We call for the immediate release of those arrested in the raids. We vehemently condemn the use of spurious search warrants to orchestrate raids and mass arrests based on fabricated evidences against members and leaders of legitimate people's organizations. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Duterte government's continuous attacks against women and the Filipino people and its implementation of Executive Order No. 70 and the operation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) which has unleashed deadly attacks against activists in the Philippines.
These allegations are a vile attempt to malign GABRIELA's integrity and the women it represents. These allegations are meant to silence GABRIELA and all its principles and vision of a truly equitable, empowering, just and free society for women and the people that it has been pressing on for decades. We firmly urge the Philippine judiciary to not be an accessory to the Duterte administration and its ilk's moves to violate the law and further suppress democracy in the Philippines.
As OBR activists, we stand with our sisters in the Philippines and all over the world who are being targeted for their activism, for defending their rights and their communities, and for working tirelessly for a better society without oppression, exploitation, and violence. As the macho-fascist, misogynist, and right-wing governments are on the rise, we also vow to take stronger stand and raise our voices even louder for our sisters whose voices are being silenced.
We RISE in Solidarity with and for our sisters – until the violence stops.
Free Cora Agovida!
Defend Filipino Women!
Stop the attacks against women human rights defenders!
#StopTheAttacks #HandsOffWomenHRDefenders #DefendFilipinoWomen #DefendGabriela #1BillionRising #VDay #RiseInSolidarity #UntilTheViolenceStops