ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY.
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION.
These statements form the backbone of One Billion Rising, a grassroots movement that inspires people of all ages around the world to proactively show their solidarity and refusal to accept violence against women and girls.
The revolution continued yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, in Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Khartoum, Sao Paulo, and countless locations around the world when people took to the streets or gathered in public spaces and danced as one.
They rose there — and they also rose here in Newburyport.
The Daily News covered the event before it happened and also covered it last night.
Those who didn’t dance chose to watch, clap, and cheer. Many recorded the scene for posterity from vantage points in and around Market Square and shared their videos with the world…
NPR summed it up today:
Urging people to join the One Billion Rising campaign, Indian musician Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, revealed in a video this week that she had been the victim of sexual violence.
“As a child I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly,” she said. “Growing up like most women I know I suffered various forms of groping, touching and verbal abuse … that I didn’t know how to deal with. … And as a woman I find that I’m frequently living in fear, afraid to walk alone at night … and you know, enough is enough … so join me. Let’s rise together.”
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