V-Day's ONE BILLION RISING: 14 February 2013

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:00am EST

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-- Largest Day of Mass Action Ever to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls With
"Risings" Planned in 206 Countries

-- Activists, Writers, Thinkers, Workers, Students, Poets, Dancers, Parliamentarians,
Mayors, State Representatives, Celebrities, Women and Men Will RISE on 14 February 2013

-- United Nations to Observe ONE BILLION RISING at UN Headquarters in New York City

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- V-Day, the global activist movement to end
violence against women and girls, announces the final escalation of its year-long ONE
BILLION RISING campaign. Today, women and men in 206 countries will come together in the
largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls, to express
their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE to support an end to violence against women
once and for all.

"February 14, 2013 will change the world not because it is a day of magic, although
there are indeed mystical elements surrounding this campaign. It will change the world
because the preparation for it and organizing for it has already created an energetic
wind or wave igniting existing efforts to end violence against women and create new
ones," said V-Day Founder and award winning playwright Eve Ensler. "It has brought
together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before;
brought in all kinds of new people and groups and associations and masses of men who are
not aware of the issue but are now working on it; brought violence against women,
through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion. On February 14, we are
rising together because it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and
uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We
will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create
change."

The campaign, launched on Valentine's Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the
staggering statistic 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. 

The campaign, which has been escalating throughout the year, is at a tipping point with
activists in 206 countries signed on to take action and over 13,000 organizations around
the globe participating, including Amnesty International USA, International Rescue
Committee, NOW, Human Rights Campaign, AFL-CIO, Zumba, European Women's Lobby, WAVE
(Women Against Violence Europe) Network, Verein Autonome Osterreichische Frauenhauser,
Centro de Informacion y Desarrollo de la Mujer (CIDEM), Isis Internacional, Asmita
Resource Center for Women, and MTV.

To read the full text of the release, please visit:
http://onebillionrising.org/news/entry/v-days-one-billion-rising-14-february-2013
[http://onebillionrising.org/news/entry/v-days-one-billion-rising-14-february-2013]

Sriya Karumanchi
Group SJR
+1-917-267-2931
media@vday.org,[mailto:media@vday.org]

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