It's already begun. In many time zones, World Pulse members have started dancing, striking, and standing up to demand an end to violence against women.
Today, February 14th, 2013 has been designated by V-Day's One Billion Rising campaign as a day to RISE against gender violence, a day to call attention to the unacceptable abuse that affects 1 out of 3 women in her lifetime. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by Eve Ensler.
World Pulse correspondent and community leader Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa 'Hero Women' of Congo are dancing and speaking out at V-Day's City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC, joining Eve Ensler and women leaders of Congo.
In Portland, Oregon, World Pulse staff members have been practicing the Break the Chain dance, and will be leaving the office early this afternoon to join women and men from all over the city to march and dance in a public park. We will take with us the spirit of the World Pulse community and our shared objective of freedom from violence for all.
Around the world, World Pulse members are rising with their communities and speaking out against the violence.
"We are rising today to make a stand in behalf of peace and integrity on our bodies and lives, equal education and full participation in our societies," writes Nasreenamina of Argentina.
"I will rise against everything that reinforces the wrong notion that women aren’t significant," writes Kirthi Jayakumar of India. "I will Strike, Rise and Dance. For each survivor. For none of them are victims."
Gender-based violence, which affects women in every corner of the globe, has been met with silence for too long. Today is one opportunity to turn news cameras and public attention to the issue. And tomorrow, when the news cameras begin to retreat, the hard work continues to make space EVERY day for the important story of women and men rising, speaking out, and working to end violence against women. Until the violence stops.
If you are looking for more reasons to rise, read stories and testimonies from our recent Ending Violence Against Women Campaign and listen the grassroots leaders who work every day to create a safer world for women.
Together. Today. Every day. Let's join them and rise to the challenge of ending violence against women.