A Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) is encouraging individuals, schools, organizations, and businesses in Nevada to join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising 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 violated – one billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers, and friends. Yet, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. The time has come to put a stop to the violence, and to the silence that surrounds it.
On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, your school, organization, or business can join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding at last an end to violence against women. V-Day wants the world to see the collective strength, the numbers, and the solidarity across borders to say NO to violence against women and girls.
Already thousands of activists and organization around the globe have signed on and events are being planned in 182 countries. Women’s, human rights, labor, economic justice, environmental, faith-based, and LGBTQ groups, as well as artists and high profile lawmakers are coming together. Some organizations have adopted the movement’s dance anthem, BREAK THE CHAIN! and are organizing flash mobs in high profile locations across the world.
“This revolutionary event provides an excellent opportunity to draw attention upon the epidemic of gender-based violence,” says Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s executive director, by creating your own community-wide event or join other events being organized across the country to emphasize the injustice facing survivors of abuse.”
To express your concern, build awareness, and demand change, sign-up at www.onebillionrising.org. For a listing of events in Nevada, you can search by state, organization sponsor, date scheduled, or zip code.
What can one person do to make a difference and increase awareness about ending violence? Invite your friends to participate in a “day of action” event that demands an end to violence by:
- Connecting with others about the campaign through social media – blog, create a link to the campaign on your Facebook page;
- Challenging your businesses partners to raise funds to support domestic violence programs in your community;
- Modeling new non-violent ways to stop bullying or harassment in your school or office;
- Volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter;
- Submitting articles to local media;
- Contacting your local legislator to increase funding for women’s service programs; and
- Creating signs, posters or design a T-shirt and wear it to your event. Visit www.onebillionrising.org for more ideas.
In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To learn more about the V-Day organization, visit www.vday.org.