Today is the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the global movement, founded by American playwright and activist Eve Ensler, to end violence against women and girls. To mark this milestone, V-Day created the initiative One Billion Rising, an awareness campaign and global revolution of love and respect on Valentine’s Day! One Billion Rising events have been planned in over 200 countries to bring attention and support to this cause through dance. When one billion bodies rise and dance today, we will join in solidarity to shake the world into a new way of thinking, and demand an end to the epidemic of gender-based violence.

Why One Billion? One in every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated.

Why Dance? “Dance is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, and contagious, it breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere, anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it’s free. Dancing insists we take up space, we go there together in community. Dance joins us and pushes us to go further and that is why it’s at the center of One Billion Rising. With infectious music and lyrics from Tena Clark, amazing vocals by a talented group of V-Girls, and Debbie Allen’s bold choreography, “Break The Chain” is the anthem that will call up one billion to rise,” says Eve Ensler.

Stand up with One Billion Rising, find an event near you and join in the dance!