Gender Based Violence

Are You Rising?

Last year V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, initiated their largest campaign on the organization’s 15th anniversary. V-Day established One Billion Rising based on the statistic that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, and therefore

one billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence.

By raising awareness to the issues of rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), sex slavery, and more, One Billion Rising aims to break the silence surrounding violence against women and to give survivors a chance to tell their stories through any medium they choose including art, dance, music, speeches, stories, and more.

After last year’s One Billion Rising events successfully brought hope to survivors and awareness to others, this year’s One Billion Rising Day plans to do the same.

Tomorrow, V-Day invites YOU to join the one billion people who are walking out, dancing, rising and demanding an end to violence.

V-Day explains that patriarchal systems have minimized, altered and buried individuals’ stories of sexual violence. One Billion Rising provides the chance for those who have been oppressed and violated to gain solidarity, take their stories back, and find relief from guilt, grief, and humiliation.

One Billion Rising calls women survivors of violence and others around the world to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.

Last year, 205 countries participated in total with 100 events in Italy, 135 in England, and thousands more in North America. In the Philippines, thousands rose for justice through dance and, in London, one Rising event commemorated 109 women killed by men in the UK in 2012.

Read a complete list of 2013’s One Billion Rising victories here and sign up to join this year’s Rising!

Here are some ideas on how YOU can work toward eliminating violence against women and changing society’s mindset toward this issue:

In 2010, V-Day was named one of the top-rated organizations on GreatNonprofits, and previously has been named one of Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities and one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top 10 Charities.

More from Girls’ Globe:

During the first week of February, Girls’ Globe focused on improving awareness of the dire problem of violence against women globally. Read Girls’ Globe’s February posts highlighting current issues surrounding violence against women:

Follow the work of Girls’ Globe, V-Day and One Billion Rising and spread the word about the need to end violence against women!

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Category: Gender Based Violence
Tagged with: break silence    justice    One Billion Rising    patriarchy    Rape    rise up    Sexual Violence    V-Day    Violence against women    Women's Empowerment

Liz Fortier

Liz earned a Master’s of Public Health degree from New York University in 2012, during which she researched harm reduction measures for intravenous drug users, and worked for a diabetes prevention research study in East Harlem. Liz traveled to Mexico and South Africa with NYU to understand the approaches taken toward improving community health in those countries. Liz has consistently been invested in the health of marginalized populations and improving access to health care for those living in poverty. As a way to entrench herself in one of the world’s most impoverished cities, Liz volunteered at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Liz spent 2013 in South Korea teaching English and investigating gender issues there. She is eager to share what she has learned about health and poverty and how those issues relate to gender equity. Liz lives in Brooklyn, New York. Be inspired to take action toward global gender equity! Follow Liz on Twitter @LizAFort

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  • well said, there is so much violence passed on, father to son, i have a poem or two on the issue on my blog, free to use it if you want, amen

    • Liz Fortier

      Thank you so much! It is wonderful to hear about people who are bringing awareness to this issue! One Billion Rising reminds us that there are so many different ways to do so, and poetry can be so healing! I will take a look at your blog! You make a great point that violence is passed on through families, but also society as a whole when we fail to take action against it. Thanks so much for commenting!

      • your welcome, violence hurts everyone, bless you