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One Billion Rising to End Violence

When we came across the organization called One Billion Rising, of course we found it to be synergistic with our own name, Billions Rising.

But the topic is also synergistic with a series of posts we’ve been doing on empowering victims of crimes like domestic violence and rape. These types of tragedies tend to keep people trapped in the situation, whereas developing self-esteem and self-reliance help them get out. Further, a foundation of self-reliance tends to snowball and helps them not just survive, but thrive.

So we’re pleased to bring your attention to a worldwide event, V-Day, that happens every Valentine’s Day. Founded by Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, the huge rally is put together by regional coordinators across the globe, with the help of people just like you.

This short film Rising, features footage from the V-Day 2013 events:

If you do nothing else to help empower another… pledge to dance in a rise for justice next Valentine’s Day. We’re giving you enough time to organize something fantastic, or plan to join in a local demonstration.

"ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.

THAT IS ONE BILLION WOMEN.

IN 2013, ONE BILLION WOMEN AND MEN SHOOK THE EARTH THROUGH DANCE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

THIS YEAR, ON 14 FEBRUARY 2014 WE ARE CALLING ON WOMEN AND MEN EVERYWHERE TO HARNESS THEIR POWER AND IMAGINATION TO RISE FOR JUSTICE.

IMAGINE, ONE BILLION WOMEN RELEASING THEIR STORIES, DANCING AND SPEAKING OUT AT THE PLACES WHERE THEY NEED JUSTICE, WHERE THEY NEED AN END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

JOIN US!

RISE. RELEASE. DANCE!

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them 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. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right."

JOIN THE RISING, SIGN UP HERE >

"Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage.

The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces."

BILLIONS RISING, SELF-RELIANCE FOUNDATION 

A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Federal Identification Number (EIN): 46-3416157

P.O. Box 6654
San Rafael, CA 94903
USA