Last year V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, initiated their largest campaign on the organization’s 15th anniversary. V-Day established One Billion Rising based on the statistic that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, and therefore
one billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence.
By raising awareness to the issues of rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), sex slavery, and more, One Billion Rising aims to break the silence surrounding violence against women and to give survivors a chance to tell their stories through any medium they choose including art, dance, music, speeches, stories, and more.
After last year’s One Billion Rising events successfully brought hope to survivors and awareness to others, this year’s One Billion Rising Day plans to do the same.
Tomorrow, V-Day invites YOU to join the one billion people who are walking out, dancing, rising and demanding an end to violence.
V-Day explains that patriarchal systems have minimized, altered and buried individuals’ stories of sexual violence. One Billion Rising provides the chance for those who have been oppressed and violated to gain solidarity, take their stories back, and find relief from guilt, grief, and humiliation.
One Billion Rising calls women survivors of violence and others around the world to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.
Last year, 205 countries participated in total with 100 events in Italy, 135 in England, and thousands more in North America. In the Philippines, thousands rose for justice through dance and, in London, one Rising event commemorated 109 women killed by men in the UK in 2012.
— Diane Fender (@Diane_Fender) February 15, 2013
Here are some ideas on how YOU can work toward eliminating violence against women and changing society’s mindset toward this issue:
- Organize your own V-Day or One Billion Rising event. Click here to find out how.
- Sign up for the V-Day newsletter;
- Follow One Billion Rising and V-Day on Facebook and Twitter;
- Attend V-Day events;
- Share your vision of justice to be displayed on the One Billion webpage; and
- Donate to V-Day and One Billion Rising.
In 2010, V-Day was named one of the top-rated organizations on GreatNonprofits, and previously has been named one of Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities and one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top 10 Charities.
More from Girls’ Globe:
During the first week of February, Girls’ Globe focused on improving awareness of the dire problem of violence against women globally. Read Girls’ Globe’s February posts highlighting current issues surrounding violence against women:
- Violence Against Women and Girls: Business as Usual is not Enough – by Emma Saloranta
- The Intrinsic Links: Violence Against Women, Poverty and Impunity – by Julia Wiklander
- India: Forced Labor and Trafficking – by Diane Fender
- Trouble in Paradise: Jamaica’s Culture of Misogyny – by Farah Mohammad
Follow the work of Girls’ Globe, V-Day and One Billion Rising and spread the word about the need to end violence against women!