One Billion Rising is a global strike for women’s rights that will happen on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.
Says the campaign site:
ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On February 14th, 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being
There’s a video, too, by A film by Eve Ensler (of “The Vagina Monologues”) and cinematographer Tony Stroebel:
Stroebel wrote on his blog, “V-Day has changed the way I think about women. I have always had a deep respect for them, and admired their ability to be many different things all at the same time, but my V-Day experience continues to teach me how much women are needed to make the world go around.”
The movement has also picked up celebrity endorsements… (See them after the break.)
At first blush, this appears to be yet another well-meaning, but ultimately hopeless, feel-good exercise for First World people. But the movement has attracted attention from corners of the world where women face much worse oppression:
Will you be joining them? The campaign site asks supporters (women and men) to join an organized event near them:
With all due respect, however, I can not help but think about all the women who don’t have the opportunity top strike, dance, or rise against systematic control of every aspect of their lives. But at least it’s something.