Today is V-Day. V-day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. This day is used to raise awareness and end the types of violence many women and girls go through round the world on a daily basis such as rape, battery, inces …

Samantha Ritchie

Today is V-Day. V-day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. This day is used to raise awareness and end the types of violence many women and girls go through round the world on a daily basis such as rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

This year, it’s V-Day’s fifteenth anniversary and in conjunction with the day it is launching its most ambitious campaign to date which is One Billion Rising. According to the website;

“On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.”

The campaign itself has has a great deal of momentum from women’s groups, celebrities and governments from around the world.The campaign will begin in New Zealand as they’re the first to awaken on V-Day. This is followed by India and Bangladesh, where there is a reported 20 million people taking to the streets to campaign against violence against women. In South Africa, events are taking place to remember the 17 year old victim Anene Booysen, who was brutally raped and left to die on a construction site. For a country like South Africa, where rape is now a cultural ‘norm’ campaigning on this issue is a step forward in the right direction.

In many countries, rape brings shame to a woman’s family, women fear reporting an attack or if you are a lesbian you undergo a ‘corrective’ rape. The violence many women face on a daily basis has been going on for thousands of years and it has to stop.

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her life time.Wherever you are in the world, support the One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign and show solidarity in ending violence against women and girls.


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Samantha Ritchie