What is this all about you ask?
The ONE BILLION RISING campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
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
Today women and men all over the world will rise and dance to show their solidarity with women around the world in their struggle to end gender based violence.
I just found out about this movement today so instead of attending a planned event I would like to dance with you my lovelies, right here. Right now.
Play the video and let’s dance.
Let’s dance and show the world that women are not possessions, women are not objects to be used, women are not less than.
This is my dance.
This is your dance.
This is the dance of every woman and every man who loves women.
As the song says lovelies,
We dance cause we love
Dance cause we dream
Dance cause we’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
Its time to break the chain,
Break the Chain
Today is Valentine’s Day. A day to love and be loved. A day to celebrate all that love is and all that love does. Today we will give gifts in the name of love, we will send messages to the ones we love. And today my lovelies we will stop in the name of love to dance on behalf of love.
Today may we be one step closer to stop(ping the violence) in the name of love.
- One Billion Dancing to End Violence Against Women (blogher.com)
- The Inspiration
- One Billion Rising in the News
- Egypt’s Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault
- This Valentine’s Day, many join One Billion Rising campaign (ibnlive.in.com)
- What is One Billion Rising? Founder Eve Ensler explains (guardian.co.uk)
- Dance to Break the Chains: One Billion Rising! (interplayfriday.wordpress.com)
- Watch: A Video Message from Eve Ensler – 1 Billion Will Rise in 1 Week (alternet.org)
3 thoughts on “Stop (and dance) in the Name of Love”
check out inmates rising. In SF we danced inside the women and mens prisons, groups that are specifically seeking to recover from crimes of sexual violence. The power of the experience made the news.