The One Billion Rising campaign is a global campaign that is fighting (non-violently) to end violence against women all around the world. Eve Ensler is the founder of One Billion Rising and author of The Vagina Monologues. One Billion Rising was created to bring awareness to this fact: one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. This campaign is bringing awareness to this sad statistic in large part through dance and music.
On Valentine’s Day February 14, 2013 a one-day event was held where one billion women from more than 190 countries rallied together through dance to show collective strength. It was also the 15th anniversary of the V-Day movement: another global activist movement to bring an end to violence against women.
The One Billion Rising campaign was fueled by the events that occurred concerning Jyoti Singh Pandey, the 23-year-old female medical student in New Delhi who was gang raped, as well as Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.
Celebrities have also been contributing by using their platform as an opportunity to bring awareness to One Billion Rising campaign. Renowned musician and composer Anoushka Shankar recently posted a video to YouTube where she shared her own experience with sexual abuse. Actress Thandie Newton, Rosario Dawson, and many others have all taken part in One Billion Rising.
What Anoushka Shankar had to say about her abuse and her reasons for taking a stand to end violence against women touched many people who understand living with this fear. “As a woman I find I’m frequently living in fear. Afraid to walk alone at night, afraid to answer a man who asks for the time, afraid that I’m going to be treated in ways based on the way I might choose to dress, or the makeup I might choose to wear. And you know, enough is enough. I am rising.”
Watch the video below and let us know what you think. Note: TRIGGER WARNING: violence, abuse.