One Billion Rising Revolution is an escalation of the first two stages of our campaign – One Billion Rising (2013) and One Billion Rising for Justice (2014). The last two years we’ve mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women. The campaign highlighted the fact that violence against women is a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion, further exposing it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world.
This year we must create a radical shift in consciousness, we must be braver, bolder and more creative and determined to bring about CHANGE. This year we must go further. We must go all the way and make the change.
We must create REVOLUTION. We’ve danced. We’ve demanded justice. Now we are demanding CHANGES. And only a radical shift in consciousness, and braver, bolder and more creative and determined actions can bring about CHANGE.
Why February 14? V-Day (Vaginas, Victory Over Violence, Valentines Day) was born on 14 February 1998. In the past 17 years, tens of thousands of V-Day events have taken place all over the world, raising funds and awareness for local groups and organizations working to end violence against women and girls. At V-Day we have the outrageous idea that we can end violence against women, and though we have seen many victories over the years, the violence is still prevalent and impunity still reigns. One Billion Rising Revolution is a necessary escalation in our global efforts to end the violence.
Why “One Billion”? One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION WOMEN. In 2013 & 2014, one billion women and men shook the earth through dance and a call for justice and an end violence against women and girls. This year, on 14 February 2015, we are calling on women and men everywhere to harness their power and imagination to RISE FOR REVOLUTION.
Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Dancing allows us to come back into our bodies as individuals and groups and a world, it connects our feet to the earth and inspires us to move to her rhythms. It allows us to go further, to include everyone, to tap into a revolutionary and poetic energy which is inviting us to take the lid off the patriarchal container releasing more of our wisdom, our self-love. our sexuality, our compassion, and fierceness.