“One Billion Rising” is a campaign launched in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of “V-Day,” a global activist movement that supports anti-violence organizations throughout the world and exists for no other reason than to stop violence against women. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. The concept of the campaign is based on the staggering statistic that 1 out of 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, which indicates that over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence.
On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, ONE BILLION women and those who love them are invited to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see collective strength, numbers and solidarity across borders. “One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, "Enough! The violence ends now."
WAYS TO RISE
- Join an existing “One Billion Rising” event near you when you enter your zip code and register for an indoor or outdoor event of interest.
- Stage a rising in your community, office, college, or school.
- Organize a flash mob- a group of people who arrive prepared to perform a choreographed dance to inspire onlookers to join the strike- at a landmark building or site, in the streets or in a nearby mall.
- Have a dance party; produce a theatrical event; march in your streets; protest; strike; and above all RISE!
ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF SUPPORT
For those who cannot leave their homes, work, or classes; and are not safe to speak out and rise up, consider RISING UP in one of the following ways:
- Change your Facebook profile picture to one of the ONE BILLION RISING logos on Feb. 14, 2013.
- Organize an online social gathering in your virtual or gaming community.
- Tape yourself dancing and send in the video.
- Talk to everyone you know about ONE BILLION RISING, and the 1 in 3 statistic; blog, post articles about the strike, engage in dialogue with your coworkers, friends, and family about ways to address Violence Against Women in your community.
- In schools: If you are an educator, conduct a lesson about the lives of girls around the world. If you are a student, suggest to your teacher in the weeks leading up to ONE BILLION RISING that she or he integrate the topic into that day's curriculum. Consider using the V-Girls' curriculum.
- Send a letter to your local lawmakers demanding that they prioritize legislation that protects women and girls from violence.
- In the weeks before and on the morning of Feb. 14 2013, distribute ONE BILLION RISING posters and stickers around your neighborhood, city, or college campus.