NEWS: One Billion Rising around the World against Violence
Got plans for Valentine’s Day? Take this into consideration: the United Nations reports that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, more than 1 billion women and girls alive today. This year, on Feb. 14, the global activist movement V-Day is marking its 15th anniversary by inviting 1 billion women and those who love them to walk out, rise up, dance and demand an end to the violence.
“V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, showing them exactly what one billion looks like,” founder and acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler says in a news release. “One Billion Rising is a promise that on February 14th, 2013, we will ensure that millions of women and men rise up around the world to say, “ENOUGH. The violence ends NOW.”
In 2012, more than 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place that were produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. According to organizers, the V-Day movement has raised more than $90 million and educated millions about violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded more than 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq.
In New York, the One Billion Rising finale returns to the place where the V-Day movement began 15 years ago at Hammerstein Ballroom. RISE NYC, a celebration featuring a mix of celebrities and participants from around the world, is free and starts at 8 p.m. Brooklyn’s own DJ Spinna is among performers scheduled for Thursday night’s dance event. To get involved or find out more about V-Day activities in your community, visit www.onebillionrising.org
One Billion Rising 2013: http://onebillionrising.org/