In 1998 Eve Ensler, the author, playwright, and activist who wrote The Vagina Monologues, founded the V-Day movement. V-Day is celebrated every February 14th, and has become a worldwide movement, raising awareness–and money–for female victims of violence and sexual assault.
February 14th, 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of V-Day. This year, alongside performances of The Vagina Monologues and readings from A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, women all over the world will step away from their lives for a moment to dance in a collective show of strength, support, and revolution.
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.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of V-Day, people from all over the world will participate in One Billion Rising, a global campaign to end violence against women and girls and "bring about a time when women are cherished, safe, free, and equal." Through dancing, we show that we cannot be kept down, and won't be controlled. Dancing was chosen as the medium for One Billion Rising because "dancing insists we take up space." It's sometimes subversive, and often disruptive. It can be an individual activity, or a communal one. It's uncontrollable and "it spreads quickly. It's of the body. It's transcendent."
Here at Girl Museum's virtual headquarters, we're in wholehearted support of V-Day, One Billion Rising, and V-Girls. V-Day's mission is simple: "Women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities." So as we strike, dance, and rise in support of a future where girls are celebrated and can live free of violence, we hope you'll join us in Wellington, Huddersfield, York, Brighton, Gloucester, Thessaloniki, Ithaca, Florida, Eugene, Napa, Lansing, Bethesda/Washington D.C., Boone, or find an event in your area.