City Councils Support V-Day's One Billion Rising Campaign
November 12, 2012 -- Today, V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, announced a growing tide of political support from city councils across the US, and political and civic support around the world, for its ONE BILLION RISING campaign.
This week, the Los Angeles City Council passed an official resolution to recognize V-Day's ONE BILLION RISING campaign. Los Angeles City Council Member Eric Garcetti led the effort to support the campaign by officially recognizing February 14, 2013, V-Day's global day of action, and offering the City's support in proactively reaching out to its approximately four million residents to raise awareness around ONE BILLION RISING.
ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world's population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013,V-Day's 15th anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women once and for all.
"One Billion Rising has the potential to serve as a mass movement tipping point to fundamentally shift society's attitudes toward domestic violence," said City Council Member Eric Garcetti. "I'm proud to support One Billion Rising and commend V-Day for this powerful initiative."
The city councils of Santa Monica and West Hollywood, Calif., as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico, and more, have officially expressed their support of the campaign through resolutions or proclamations. Actress and activist Jane Fonda led the charge in West Hollywood to discuss how the council could support the campaign.
V-Day Founder, and award winning playwright, Eve Ensler will meet later this month with the Mayor of Lima, Peru and has already worked closely with members of the British and European parliaments, as well as the First Lady of Nepal, Prime Minister of Paris, and others. With 172 countries signed on to participate, and support from top labor unions, celebrities, writers, thinkers and more, ONE BILLION RISING is gaining incredible momentum in the lead up to February 14, 2013.
Individuals and organizations can get involved with ONE BILLION RISING by:
- Visiting www.onebillionrising.org to sign up and get information about how to activate your community
- Following V-Day on Facebook and Twitter
- Sharing ONE BILLION RISING with your networks
- Signing up for our text message updates by texting BILLION to 50555
- View and share the short film vday.org/shortfilm
- Filming an "I Am Rising" video and sharing it on OneBillionRising.org
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events organized by volunteer activists in the U.S. took place around the world educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine's 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. www.vday.org