A few weeks ago I became aware of a movement called "One Billion Rising" - its an event being held on Thursday Feb 14th 2013.
It is being organised by V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that was started 15 years ago by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues.
V-Day's mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. The concept of the campaign is simple. Statistics say that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, that means that a staggering 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, 14th February 2013, women, and the men who love them are being asked to WALK OUT, RISE UP, DANCE and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see the collective strength of women, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
Events are being organised around the world. To date, thousands of activists, over 13,000 organizations around the globe, and over 176 countries have committed to participate and hold events.
I decided that Bute, the island off the west coast of Scotland where I live, should also take part. So, on 14th Feb 2013, we shall gather in the town square and we shall dance. There will be music, colour, lots of women, and hopefully some men! There will be laughter, probably some tears, but we will dance, we will take up space, we will rise up and we will say enough is enough. There must be no more violence against women.
Please check out the website and see if there is an event near you - and if there isn't then please consider organising one yourself. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - just a bunch of women coming together and dancing.
One Billion Rising is an act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers.
One Billion Rising is a refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given.
One Billion Rising is a new time and a new way of being.
Please join us.