If you’re not into the commercial cutesiness of Valentine’s Day, there’s an alternate, empowering holiday to celebrate on February 14th: V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler created V-Day, which is celebrated each year on Valentine’s Day as the play is staged around the world to raise money for local rape crisis centers.
This year, V-Day also marks the grand finale of Ensler’s year long One Billion Rising campaign. The One Billion Rising name and collective goal derives from a statistic that one in three women will suffer abuse or rape in their lifetime; out of the seven billion people populating the world, that means roughly one billion women will be victims.
V-Day always calls for worldwide action to stand in opposition to violence against women but One Billion Rising is asking observants to go on strike, which will take place in 203 countries. Celebrity supporters include Ann Hathaway, Katie Couric, Jane Fonda, and Rosario Dawson, who will hit up daytime and nighttime talk shows to discuss violence against women.
How can you get involved in One Billion Rising? Here’s a few ideas:
- Make a pledge to do one thing in the upcoming year to combat violence against women.
- Find a One Billion Rising event near you.
- Spread awareness on social media! Tweet links to resources for victims or facts about sexualized violence with the hashtag #1BillionRising
- Watch related videos and stream the worldwide events online here.
Take this day to do more than binge on chocolate and exchange heart shaped cards. Show your support for an end to violence against women!
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