One Billion Rising

 

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.

THAT IS ONE BILLION WOMEN.

IN 2013, ONE BILLION WOMEN AND MEN SHOOK THE EARTH THROUGH DANCE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

THIS YEAR, ON 14 FEBRUARY 2014 WE ARE CALLING ON WOMEN AND MEN EVERYWHERE TO HARNESS THEIR POWER AND IMAGINATION TO RISE FOR JUSTICE.

IMAGINE, ONE BILLION WOMEN RELEASING THEIR STORIES, DANCING AND SPEAKING OUT AT THE PLACES WHERE THEY NEED JUSTICE, WHERE THEY NEED AN END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

 

RISE. RELEASE. DANCE!

What is V-Day? 2:37 min

 

 


Founder of the movement 
Eve Ensler in March 2011

Rising (trailer for One Billion Rising short film): 4:34 min:

 

One Billion Rising is a global campaign to end to violence against women, rise for justice and promote gender equality. It was started in 2012 as part of the V-Day movement. The "billion" refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. In 2012, the One Billion Rising campaign culminated in the biggest mass global action to end violence against women ever with tens of thousands of events held in more than 190 countries.

Why Dancing?
Because dancing is powerful without being violent, because when you dance you take up space and expand your horizons and sense of self and value. Because dancing is "a direct path to the truth" its holy, sexy, can't be controlled by corporations, its free, contagious, dangerous, done together in community because it has the capacity to turn pain to power and when one billion women and men dance on the planet we will shake humanity into a new consciousness.

Why Valentines Day?
Because V-Day began 15 years ago on Valentines Day and the idea was to make it a day when women were loved and cherished and the violence ended.

Why Imarah Radix is Rising:
"I am passionate about making a difference for all persons within society who cry for justice. I speak especially for all our women who for generations have been bruised, battered, murdered and subjugated. Everyone needs to let their voices be heard and join the call for equality and justice . Justice is a fundamental democratic principle which we should all cherish ,nurture and uphold."

 

Will YOU rise this year?

 

Break the chain: 4:28 min:

 

"Man Prayer" - words by Eve Ensler, film by Tony Stroebel: 2:00 min:

 

Photographs from One Billion Rising (Guyana) - February 14, 2013
(Photo credit: Amanda Richards)

 

Event coordinator E-Club Member Imarah Radix at One Billion Rising 2013 in Guyana

 

 

To find out more, including where the your nearest rising will be on 2/14, to learn the OBR dance and song "Break The Chains", please go to: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

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