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One Billion Rising: Social Campaign Overview

Ed note: This post is our submission for the SoMe Awards, recognizing the best social media campaigns of 2012-2013.

One Billion Rising was the largest ever day of global action - online and offline - protesting violence against women and girls. Tens of thousands of flashmobs in hundreds of cities in every country on earth were planned by local activists to focus global attention on the issue on the occasion of V-Day’s 15th anniversary.

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Posted on April 1, 2013

LISTEN! Endlich Frei, the Deutsch version of Break the Chain

Posted on March 6, 2013

Two 'Contemptible and Violent' US Soldiers Sentenced for Rape in Okinawa

Posted on March 5, 2013

One Billion Rising - a poem by Noel Canin

For Eve Ensler, for all of us

 

We step into our lives

Bright beads of hope

One woman threaded to another.

 

The thread of hope

Catches on a slash of pain

Breaks, knots, flies up again.

 

The thread of loss

Its gnarled old presence

Calling to the strength of us.

 

The thread of rape

scars corrupt kindness

recovery a long slow shape.

 

The thread is PAIN

The thread is STOP

The thread is SET

 

And we will STAND

Thread by thread, hand by hand

In Africa and in Asia

In the West and in the East

And we will dance

And we will sing

And we will shake the earth

Our very lives depend upon

 

We will give our huge thundering heart

Back its ancient pregnant roar

WE WILL STAND ACROSS THE WORLD

WALK OUT 

DANCE  

RISE UP

SOAR

FOR WE ARE ONE BILLION BIRTHING

One billion rising

Holding the thread

Breaking the chain

 

We are Lucille Clifton’s

“lovely line of women

stepping without fear

or guilt or shame.”

 

We are Eve Ensler’s Girl Cells

And the Song of Songs

The cry of Hallelluya

The transforming of all wrongs

 

we are Mothers and we are Daughters,

Sisters and Wives

we are Everywoman and each Woman

distinct beneath the skies

 

We are beginnings and we are ends

We are wisdom and we are ripe

We are One Billion Rising

A current set alight.

 

Posted on March 4, 2013

Watch the rising from Brno, Chech Republic! Thanks to Zora for sending this in!

Posted on February 22, 2013

This video was created by activists in Tamil Nadu, India, where thousands of women gathered at Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to STRIKE, DANCE and RISE on 14th Feb 2013. 

Posted on February 21, 2013

In Letterkenny, Ireland, the stitchwork says it all: One Billion Rising was here!

Posted on February 21, 2013

Glenn Close at RISE NYC on 2-14-13, one of the many great images coming in from around the world!

Posted on February 20, 2013

WE ARE ONE - ONE BILLION RISING: BHUTAN

Bhutanese women, men and children join One Billion Rising to pledge our support to end towards violence against women. 

Join us at www.facebook.com/RENEWbt to make a difference.

Posted on February 19, 2013

Women killing on the field of battle no cause for rejoicing

Posted on February 19, 2013

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