Here’s a statistic so shocking that it defies belief: 1 in every 3 women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, according to the One Billion Rising Revolution. Such a staggering issue calls for mighty action. Now here is our opportunity!
Launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, the One Billion Rising movement expanded to 200 countries by 2014. It evolved in 2015 into the One Billion Rising Revolution: “the biggest mass action in human history to end violence against women.”
In 2018 leaders are calling for actions from Feb. 14 until Mar. 8, International Women’s Day, to hold “artistic uprisings-to escalate political consciousness and urge radical calls to action.” The goal is to encourage under-represented women from all backgrounds and walks of life to tell their own stories in ways that are creative and original.
- The call is for systemic change: “overhauling, challenging, and fighting” corrupt systems.
- The goal is justice “for all survivors of gender violence and the impunity that protects perpetrators…”
- The determination is to “create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.”
How can we get started?
- Be inspired by mass gatherings worldwide; see the panoramic YouTube video “One Billion Rising 2018 – Rise! Resist! Unite!“
- Sing with the music video “Break the Chain” (with captions on, to catch every word)!
- Learn the dance steps at “How to: Break the Chain Choreography” and introduce this brilliant activity to others. (The dancing expresses joy, community, and not being defeated by violence.) Also see “How to Dance ‘Break the Chain’ — for the mobility compromised!” (see below).
- Check out the One Billion Rising Revolution website for more events and ideas. Don’t miss the toolkit, under “Resources.”
And have you seen Lutheran Peace Fellowship’s Women’s Peace Resources for inspiration and empowerment? See our action guide “Stopping Violence Against Women and Girls,” the “Women’s Video Gallery,” and more.
You can help too by passing this blogpost on to your friends. And do share with us what is inspiring you to stop violence against women and girls, and to promote peace instead!