V-Day, a global activist movement, focuses its attention on ending violence towards women and girls. For its 15th anniversary on Feb. 14, 2013, billions of people joined together in the event One Billion Rising to end violence against women.
Watch a rising here.
This was a global event intended to combine efforts to bring attention to ending rape and sexual violence towards women and girls. It became the largest, mass-action event ever to stop violence against females. Intentions accomplished.
“It has brought together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before; brought in all kinds of new people and groups and associations and masses of men who are not aware of the issue but are now working on it; brought violence against women, through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion,” playwright Eve Ensler said in a press release.
Women and their loved ones went to high-profile locations and broke out in a flash mob performance, like this one in Peru. A dance was choreographed to Break the Chain specifically for One Billion Rising. Some also envisioned and created their own dance number to perform.
Learn the dance (step-by-step) here.
For two days people in over 200 countries were connected through movement while participating in One Billion Rising.
In a press release Ensler said, “…it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create change.”
By Katy Barth