Join the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict on February 14, 2013 as we STRIKE, DANCE, and RISE to demand an end to rape in conflict and gender violence.
One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. People from 203 countries have signed up to make it clear that this is not acceptable and will rise with us on Thursday.
One Billion Rising is organized by Eve Ensler of V-Day. Ensler is joining fellow Campaign Advisory Committee member Dr. Denis Mukwege in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of war. She stated,
"When we allow this many women to be raped, when we allow this many women to be destroyed, we are basically giving license to that happening, not just in the Congo, but in Africa and throughout the world. If we can stop the violence towards women in the Congo, [it could be] a template that we apply to other conflict zones.”
Campaign co-chair and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams also encourages us to rise against rape and gender violence in conflict and all around the world in this video:
Other Campaign members will be rising across the globe, from Burma and South Africa, the United States to Colombia.
One Billion Rising is an opportunity to take to the streets on February 14 and raise awareness about ongoing violence against women and encourage our governments to act.
“One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.”
Join the revolution in your community or online - find an event near you.
In India, 'One Billion Rising' Resonates With Many, The New York Times, 13 February 2013.
One Billion Rising: 'It's like a feminist tsunami', The Guardian, 28 January 2013.