V-Day on 14 February 2013 (and no, we don’t mean Valentines’s Day): preparations have begun across the globe.
- 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, 14 February 2013, one billion women and those who love them are invited 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.
One Billion Rising is the beginning of a worldwide call for change and commitment. By rising together on 14th February everybody can show support both for those in other countries and for change in our own.
What does One Billion Rising look like? On 14 February 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
Anoushka Shankar, renowned musician and composer, recorded this personal message:
Q. Why dance?
A. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness. Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at any time with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.
Q. Why 14 February?
A. 14 February 2013 is V-Day’s 15th anniversary. When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women. Though we have seen many victories over the years, violence against women and girls is still prevalent. One Billion Rising is an appreciation, amplification and an escalation.
Q. Why should I join?
A. To show the world that we want to end violence against one billion women and girls! By being a part of One Billion Rising we will all discover our solidarity and the scope of this issue. We will come to know that ending violence against women is as important as ending poverty, or Aids or global warming. We will come to see that it is not a local issue or particular to any culture or religion or village or age. We will come to see what is possible. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.
One of our Osho News contributors is already committed to be a speaker at one of the events that will happen worldwide!