1,000,000,000 – I don’t encounter this number very often. Not when I take a ticket at the Secretary of State (though it feels like it sometimes), not when I add up my points for a Scrabble game and certainly not when I balance my checkbook. One billion is an enormous number. It’s so large that when I tried to input it into two different calculators I was denied on both attempts.
So it seems nearly impossible, to comprehend that MORE than one billion women and girls will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That equates to the staggering statistic of 1 in 3 females – daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends – on the planet being violated.
This February 14 we will RISE UP in solidarity and in defiance of the injustices women suffer. Joining the global campaign One Billion Rising, our supporters and women and men across the world will demand an end at last to violence against women. Plans call for a “dance strike” to begin at 11:30 a.m. at HAVEN’s Bingham Farms Counseling Center. Participants will dance, move, or simply be present in support.
If you cannot join us in person, you can:
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the ONE BILLION RISING logo on February 14.
- Contact your legislators demanding that they swiftly pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that protects victims of domestic violence.
- Talk to everyone you know about ONE BILLION RISING, and the 1 in 3 statistic; blog or post articles about the strike, engage in dialogue with your coworkers, friends, and family about ways to address Violence Against Women in your community.
- Show support by wearing pink and black.
Your recognition of this movement shows women that they are not alone in the fight to end the destruction of rape and violence. I hope you refuse to stand by idle as more than one billion humans are violated. Wherever you are, RISE UP, STRIKE, DANCE and add to the power of this revolution. To learn more about One Billion Rising visit www.onebillionrising.org
The single-day of global action has been coordinated by V-Day, a global activist movement working to end violence against women and girls. V-Day raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.