There are three important changes for One Billion Rising in Second Life – and, in addition, 2pm today marks an important launch for us at LEA1!!
Firstly, we are setting up our own offices in Aloft Nonprofit Commons. We’re still decorating at the moment, but shortly this will become the centre for One Billion Rising in Second Life activities, and the place to find all information about our activities in Second Life.
Secondly,we have set up a permanent web-site at the address https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/. We have transferred information from our annual sites for 2014 and 2015, and added all the blog posts sequentially so that all the information about One Billion Rising in Second Life is now located on the same page.
Finally, for the first time ever, we are holding a second event within the year. Over the past two years, the art group 2Lei has become a very important part of the artists exhibiting at One Billion Rising in Second Life, and this year we very proud to be part of their event to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Our event will centre around the theme of “Safe Night”. We want to encourage artists and our visitors to reflect on the issue of what a safe night is – and how many women are denied it, whether it is the schoolgirls in Nigeria who were taken by Boko Haram, the Indian women forced out into fields at night and abused, women attacked – as they walk home alone, or women in their own home, not knowing whether the person they share it with will attack them tonight.
To do this, we are creating a two stage event on LEA1. We have been given this Linden Endowment for the Arts region for three months, and are planning two related installations there.
Installation 1: The Forest
Forest Haven is a tranquil spot to explore, relax, enjoy, and think: a beautiful and peaceful forest, curated by Aisling Sinclair. There are paths leading to beautiful natural features, and also places to pause and reflect on the theme of our planned event – the need for women to have freedom from fear of gendered violence, to be able to have a Safe Night.
Other events are planned for the forest. There’ll be poetry readings and workshops, and we will be working with Caravan Studios who are developing a Safe Night App that provides staff members at domestic violence service organizations with a secure way to crowdsource funding from supporters.
Installation 2: The Art Park
On November 24th, we will be opening a second level – the Art Park. This will feature a series of installations on the theme of Safe Night, created by leading Second Life artists. We’ll be telling you more about that closer to the time.