Rising for ouR evolution
February 14th is celebrated in many countries throughout the world as Valentine’s Day.
Thanks to playwright, performer, feminist and activist Eve Ensler, February 14th is now also known and celebrated as V-Day, 1 Billion Rising: the world-wide organization and movement she founded and leads:
“One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, 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.
Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.
This year in 2015, we are rising for Revolution. We invite you to join us.”
Yes, you read that correctly: 1 in 3 women and girls on our planet. That might be you. And, it is definitely one or more people that you know and love.
I have been an activist and humanist all of my life. I began working in domestic violence in the ’80s, first as a volunteer at a shelter for battered women, and then as Executive Director of WOMAN, Inc., a 24-hour crisis center for battered women in San Francisco. These statistics raise a question for me: If we have come so far forward, why are we still so backward? What is, or isn’t happening that needs to, for us to eradicate this problem?
I made this video to share my response, and to proudly participate in #1billionrising.
1 Billion Rising invited us all to dance, to demonstrate, to create videos, poems and events to create our collective rising for Revolution to end violence against women and girls. Millions of women and men all around the world participated. It was breathtaking. And there is much to do. Gender-based violence is everyone’s issue and everyone’s work.
Do you want to Rise for ouR evolution? Join me. Come to The Possibility Practice for therapy or coaching, and invite your friends, family and colleagues to do the same. And stay tuned for 2015 workshops and classes to help you and us all to Rise for ouR evolution.