On 14 February 2013, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) invites you to come and dance in Brussels against violence against women, and to be part of a European and worldwide movement singing and striking for women’s rights.
One billion rising is a worldwide initiative proposed by V-Day and aiming at mobilizing people all around the world, at Saint Valentine’s Day, to dance and sing in order to speak up against violence against women and girls.
One in three women in the world will be raped or beaten during her lifetime, meaning one billion women. In Europe, 7 women die every day of domestic violence. In Belgium, in 2011, 3024 rapes were recorded, amounting to more than 8 every day.
“One billion women raped is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.” (Eve Ensler, Author of The Vagina Monologues & One Billion Rising initiator).
EWL member organisations from all over Europe are participating to One Billion Rising, being part of a great movement demanding a Europe free from violence against women. The EWL has been regularly asking the EU to act and take measures to end this pervasive violation of women’s rights. One Billion Rising will be a key momentum to reiterate the demands of the women’s organisations and challenge decision-makers at all levels.
Interview by Ruth Marsden.
Video produced by Kayleigh Rose Lewis for The Parliament Magazine.