Keep the date, February 14, 2013
Keep the date, February 14, 2013

The statistics is shocking: 1 in every 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

Thus born One Billion Rising, a global strike, an invitation to dance, a call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends, an act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers, a refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given, and a new time and a new way of being.

On its website, founder Eve Ensler calls on every people to go out in the streets and dance as an “act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers.” This “feminist” form of global strike will culminate on February 14, 2013, Valentime’s day.

“We are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders,” announced Ensler.

Incidentally, Gabriela Women’s Party will lead the event here in the Philippines, as the country “has its own share of cases of gender-based violence, such as rape and incest, which have reached an “alarming level.”

In a report from Bulatlat, Gabriela said violations of women’s rights are still happening despite laws enacted to protect their rights such as Republic Act No.9262 or the Anti-violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

“At least one woman beaten by either partner or husband every 43 minutes. There is also one child being battered every one hour and 20 minutes. A woman or child is harassed every 4 hours. There are 500,000 victims of prostitution in the Philippines where 100,000 of them are children. Eleven women die every day due to complications in childbirth,” Gabriela added.

True, One Billion (women) Rising and dancing against gender-based violence and poverty on February 14 needs one billion support from their respective husbands and more from loved ones, lest they will be all left behind by their partners on said special date.

My dear wife and  daughter, I am signing-up on this!

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