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
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike An invitation to dance A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given A new time and a new way of being
People around the world are rising up today and taking to the streets to dance. Their actions are part of a global movement in more than 200 countries to end rape and sexual violence against women called “One Billion Rising,” launched by playwright Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues.” We speak to Ensler in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where she is helping survivors of gender violence. We also air a video of the acclaimed musician Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi Shankar, who reveals she was sexually abused as a child. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
It was a smallish crowd here, a few hundred people. I think organizers may have erred by placing their "stage" below the built-in risers at Westlake, which when animated can attract passers-by.
There was press present, and far too many video cameras. Some of my parts CANNOT dance, especially the brainy one who dominated tonight. At least I tried. It was great fun, and empowering. All the performers were wonderful, and I always love the Raging Grannies.
YOUTUBE NOTES Published on Feb 11, 2013 | Strike Dance Rise for One Billion Rising on Feb. 14th 2013 wherever you are to stop Violence against women and girls.
. Dance Flash Mob directed and produced by Magalie Bonneau-Marcil. . Video co-produced and directed by Magalie Bonneau-Marcil and Benedict Flanigan. . Edited by Gail Mallimson. . “Break the Chain” song by Tena Clark. . “Break the Chain” choreography by Debbie Allen. . “Adam” choreography by Tina Banchero. . “Adam” song by Me’Shell Ndegéocello. . Taiko drummers by Bruce Ghent/Maikaze Daiko and Dance Brigade. . Hip Hop by Grrrl Brigade.
^ It’s V-Day. We are RISING. Eve’s Message to You.
^ One Billion Rising in Seattle
^ One Billion Rising in Kalighat, Kolkata, India | FROM YOUTUBE NOTES. The following dance is choreographed and performed by the children of New Light, an NGO working in the red light area of Kalighat, Kolkata, India. The video is conceptualized by Urmi Basu, founder and director New Light, shot by Mrinmoy Mondal and edited and directed by filmmakers Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti.
DISCO IS ALIVE
Art will be the last bastion when all else fades away. ~ Timothy White (b 1952), American rock music journalist _________________