One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, equating to 1 billion women worldwide.
In response to this staggering statistic, V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, founded by Eve Ensler fourteen years ago, recently announced the launch of its global campaign, One Billion Rising. This incredibly impactful short film reminds us of the outrageous violence women are up against, every day, around the world.
On February, 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, women and men across the world will come together and host events for One Billion Rising to express their outrage, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “One Billion Rising is an appreciation, amplification and an escalation. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on February, 14, 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness. Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.”
To join the movement and find an event near you, click here.