Let’s Dance And Rise on V-day – Join the ‘One Billion Rising’ Movement

A few months ago, I went on a Women’s Leadership Conference and met Eve Ensler and Monique Wilson. Both are incredibly inspiring women and powerhouse activists, dedicating their life and work to women’s rights and human equality.

Maybe you’ve heard of Eve’s famous ‘Vagina Monologues‘ play that has been performed around the world on Valentine’s Day. Charles Isherwood from The New York Times says it’s “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.”

What really hit me, was when they shared the fact that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

That’s crazy, right?! I actually started crying hearing this when Eve shared it on stage. You might know that I used to work as a social worker in women’s empowerment NGO’s, so this really made me hot for the cause.

I knew I had to share this message with you:

Valentine’s day is coming up – the day of love. How about we celebrate this day a little differently?

The One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. Every February, women, in hundred’s of countries across the world, show what one billion looks like. The movement’s core is to dance to express joy, community and celebrate the fact that the violence is not defeating love. It’s a rising to show a new kind of consciousness.

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand and to end to violence in all forms.

Dammit babe, whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, let’s rise! 

I am placing my hand on my heart, and say:
I rise for human equality. 
I rise for all women.
I rise for all men.
I rise for all genders.
I rise for all living beings, big and small.
I rise for liberated sexuality and love.
I rise for global peace.
I rise for you.
For what do you want to rise? 

Find an event in your city here: http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/

Rise! On or around 14 February 2017, leave your work, leave your school, interrupt the day, rise for revolution, dance, drum, and demand an end to the violence!