One Billion Rising is a global campaign by women, for women.[1][2][3] The movement calls for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.

On February 14, 2013, a one-day event will be held, a call for one billion women around the world to walk away from their homes, businesses, and jobs, and join together to dance in a show of collective strength.[4] The event will be held on the 15th anniversary of the V-Day movement.[5] The word "billion" refers to the one billion women who are survivors of abuse.[6]

On September 20, 2012, people from 160 countries had signed up to take part in the campaign.[7] On February 14, 2013, the rally was held in more than 190 countries.[8]

The campaign was initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler (known for her play The Vagina Monologues), and her organization V-Day.[9] The campaign was in part inspired by the Todd Akin 'legitimate rape' and pregnancy comment controversy. Ensler, shocked at Akin's statement, wrote an open letter in response.[10]

Around 5,000 organizations have joined the campaign, which has also been aided or endorsed by religious ministers, movement builders, actors Rosario Dawson, Robert Redford,[11][12] and Stella Creasy, British Labour Co-operative politician.[13]

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  2. "Celebrating five years of women moaning | Antigua Observer Newspaper". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. "'This is not a women's issue, it's a global crisis': Robert Redford - video | Society |". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. "Fit for the King » FUNFARE with Ricardo F. Lo | Entertainment » Exclusive". Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. Coastweek Kenya (2012-09-06). "". Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  6. "Features". 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  7. "News in Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual". Myrepublica.Com. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  8. Kyivans join global rally to end violence against women, Kyiv Post (14 February 2013)
  9. "Capital News » African gender activists meet in Kenya over violence". 1931-11-07. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  10. "One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler, Activists Worldwide Plan Global Strike to End Violence Against Women". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  11. Martinson, Jane (2007-09-28). "Join the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women | Society". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  12. "Una campagna contro la violenza sulle donne mondiale". 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  13. Rosamund Urwin (2012-09-07). "'The misogynist abuse MPs receive is shocking – you should see the tweets I get' - Politics - News - Evening Standard". Retrieved 2012-09-25. 

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