One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. This Valentine’s Day, demand an end to violence against women and girls. Here are some ways to take action:
Dance. One billion women victimized is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution. V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING campaign will show the world women’s collective strength, numbers, and solidarity across borders. On 14 February 2013, V-Day activists across the world will stop what they normally do, walk out, strike, and dance. Flashmobs, concerts, performances and dance classes are planned throughout DFW.
In Dallas, hit up the Dance to Empower Women benefitting the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. The event will be held at MoveStudio (17062 Preston Road, Suite 108), and starts at 6pm. Cost: a $20 donation to the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. In McKinney, join a flashmob. This free event begins at 4pm at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (McKinney Downtown Square).
Find other local events here. Or, just dance. Tweet a picture of yourself dancing for women’s human rights and share on Twitter with messages like: I am dancing on @vday to end violence against women & girls with @amnesty. #1billionrising or Dance with me on @vday for women’s #humanrights w @amnesty #1billionrising.
Write a love note to Congress. While you’re at it, tell them to pass an inclusive Violence Against Women Act. Ready? Click the postcard:
Demand Justice. In 2011, Noxolo Nogwaza was murdered in South Africa on her way home from a night out with friends. Her attacker(s) raped, repeatedly beat and stabbed the twenty-four year old lesbian, apparently because of her sexual orientation, before dumping her body in a drainage ditch. Thus far, no progress has been made in the investigation into her murder and her killer(s) remain at large. Tell the Police Commissioner to thoroughly investigate Noxolo Nogwaza’s murder and bring her killer(s) to justice.