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One Billion Rising Dances To End Violence Against Women

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02/14/2014 8:09 pm
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One Billion Rising Dances To End Violence Against Women
Media Courtesy of v-daypetaluma.org

Vanessa Dias

Staff Writer

With so much violence being performed around the world, it is easy to lose sight of those who actually care. But there are organizations that do care, and One Billion Rising is a big one. This project is a global campaign seeking to end all forms of violence against women and girls. A year ago, during their first day of action, campaigners in 207 countries rose and danced to highlight the widespread nature of the abuse. Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape. Over 10,000 events took place and the campaign trended on social media in seven countries – four times in the US. This year, the campaign has shifted its focus to demand justice for victims. Many of these events will be held outside government buildings, courthouses, police stations, workplaces, and churches. Some will even be held in public squares and gathering locations. This project has been supported by many politicians, activists, and performers. Some examples are Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Rosario Dawson. In the past, the author and creator of the campaign, Eve Ensler, has pointed out that violence against women cannot be stopped without looking at other issues of injustice such as “poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy”. In some countries, February 14th is Valentine's Day. This day was selected for this event because of its message, and the contrasts that can be made between how women want to be/are treated. This year’s focus on justice could also be seen as a response to the criticism that simply bringing campaigners together to dance did nothing to end injustice. Speaking ahead of the campaign launch this week, Ensler said it has become “unstoppable." “It started in the community but it has invigorated the women’s movement and brought coalitions together with a real impact in every direction.”

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