On February 14, 2013, V-Day is inviting one billion women and those who love them across the globe to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to violence against women and girls. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
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.
Join the NRCDV on Thursday, February 14th at 3pm ET for a webinar discussion like you’ve never experienced before! As part of our One Billion Rising activities, we’re hosting the webinar: KEEP RISING: 4 Visionaries Share their Inspiration to Persist.
Our participating staff explain “Why I Rise”:
Patty Branco, Technical Assistance Specialist: “Um bilhão de mulheres violentadas e maltratadas é uma atrocidade. Um bilhão de mulheres dançando é uma revolução. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution. Vamos dançar no dia 14 de fevereiro! Let’s dance on February 14! ”
Kenya Fairley, Director of Programs: “I rise, for my mother whose story of being molested as a young girl will never be told. I rise for my Aunt Cookie who never deserved to be beaten or made to feel afraid. I dance for my Aunt Ammie’s friend Linda, who was frequently beaten and humiliated by her husband. She was finally able to get away and escape to safety. I dance for my cousin Renetta, who in the 21st century should never have to go from place to place, shelter to shelter, and go through system after system to get a away from an abusive boyfriend. I rise, I dance, and I demand an end to violence against women and girls.”
Erica Keim, Project Coordinator: “I’m rising because I know too many women who have experienced violence in their lifetimes. Even just one woman who experiences violence is too many. I’m rising in honor of my mother and my sisters, and I’m also rising in honor of the victims who can’t be here to rise for themselves.”
Rebecca Balog, WOCN Projects Administrator: “I think that One Billion Rising is a great outlet for all women and young girls to come together in a collective voice and solidarity to say, ‘We all deserve healthy relationships and rights for owning our bodies.’ We should celebrate each other. Dance on, ladies!”
Farzana Safiullah, Director of Operations: “I’m rising because I want to stand in solidarity with my sisters of the world as we renew our efforts to end violence against women and girls.”
Dalia Rhoads, Office Coordinator: “I dedicate my rise against abuse and oppression to my beautiful mom and my sisters, and all the women of the world, and to teach my 5 nephews the importance of respecting every single woman.”
Casey Keene, VAWnet Manager: “I’m rising because every single woman that I know has been impacted by violence or oppression. I’m rising because I don’t want this to be my son’s reality. Join me on February 14th, because this Valentine’s Day all hearts deserve to be free.”
Anne Menard, Executive Director: “I have been an activist against sexual and domestic violence for over 30 years, and I rise on February 14th because I am part of the Women’s Liberation Movement… ‘Because women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid, and we’re the first to get the sack, and what we look like is more important than what we do, and if we get raped it’s our fault – we must have provoked it, and if we raise our voices we’re nagging, and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos, and if we don’t we’re frigid, and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a real man, and if we ask our doctors too many questions we’re neurotic or pushy, and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and unfeminine, and because we still can’t get adequate safe contraceptives but men can walk on the moon. For these and lots of other reasons we are part of the Women’s Liberation Movement.’ I am still part of the Women’s Liberation Movement and that is why I rise.”
Visit the One Billion Rising website to find an event near you, get the toolkit, and help spread the word.