On Feb. 14, One Billion Rising events will take place around the globe marking V-Day’s 15th anniversary and inviting “one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence.”
Why are we rising? The numbers tell the story:
1 in 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
1 billion women violated is an atrocity.
1 billion women dancing is a revolution.
Yup, it’s a worldwide dance party, and we like the rationale:
Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.
Check out the map and search tool to find an event near you.
Boston-based Our Bodies Ourselves staff members will be participating in an event at Lesley University, starting at 3:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public — join us if you can!
It starts with a procession and dance performance followed by a screening of “Power and Control: Domestic Abuse in America.” As the description notes:
This is an opportunity for men and women to form an alliance in ending the violence against women in an act of solidarity and demonstrating to women around the world the commonality of their struggles and our collaborative power to take action and bring awareness through dance! Bring flashlights and glowsticks!
Want to learn the One Billion Rising “Break the Chain” dance in advance? Debbie Allen will teach you!