On valentine’s day, 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 violence against women. 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
Q. Why dance?
A. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness. Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.
Q. Why should I join?
A. To show the world that we want to end violence against one billion women and girls! By being a part of One Billion Rising we will all discover our solidarity and the scope of this issue. We will come to know that ending violence against women is as important as ending poverty, or Aids or global warming. We will come to see that it is not a local issue or particular to any culture or religion or village or age. We will come to see what is possible. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.
Q. Why 14 February?
A. 14 February 2013 is V-Day’s 15th anniversary. When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women. Though we have seen many victories over the years, violence against women and girls is still prevalent. One Billion Rising is an appreciation, amplification and an escalation.
Q. What is the difference between a V-Day benefit event and an OBR Rising?
A. An official V-Day event is a benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” or one of five other artistic events curated by V-Day. These events take place annually between February and April. An OBR Rising is a single-day global action, consisting primarily of dance strikes, which will occur on 14 February 2013. Every 2013 V-Day event will promote OBR, and we encourage OBR activists to sign up to host a V-Day event as part of their Risings.
Q. What are the guidelines to produce a One Billion Rising event?
A. Make sure you and everyone involved is signed up at onebillionrising.org Organize a dance strike in your community on 14 February 2013. Make it as large and disruptive as you can to spread the demand to end violence against women. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless.
Q. What should my first step be?
A. Gather your team. Reach out to other organizations and strategize how you will all mobilize your networks. Find like-minded members of your community to help you create a memorable event.
Q. Do I have to hold the strike outdoors?
A. No, we realize that some areas of the world will be cold in February. Consider public spaces like malls or trains stations, or rent a large space to hold your event.
Q. How do I pay for this?
A. One Billion Rising events don’t have to be expensive, we don’t need money to take action and change things, however we recognize funds are needed for venue hire, publicity, talent, etc. If you need to raise money look for local resources, whenever possible appeal to local businesses to donate their time and services to the cause. Work cooperatively, create strategies using social networks or crowdsourcing to co-finance, work with collective ideas or hold fundraising events leading up to One Billion Rising.
Q. What music should I play?
A. Choose music that will best motivate your audience. Decide whether you want a live band or a DJ. The same goes for dancing; decide if you want to hire professionals (belly-dancers, modern dancers, drummers, etc.) or keep it completely amateur or a combination of both.
Q. Is it OK if I rise alone?
A. Yes, whether you are alone, with a friend or with hundreds of thousands more, you’re making a difference. On our campaign website you will be able to find all One Billion Rising events in your area and join the ones that interest you.
Q. Can men join?
A. Yes, of course. Violence against women and girls is not only a woman’s issue; it’s a human issue. When we say everyone should join the campaign we mean EVERYONE.