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Art by Alixa Garcia One Billion Rising Events Take Place Globally, Amplifying the 2021 Rising Gardens Theme and the Connection between Violence Against Women and the Destruction of the Earth Rising Gardens Activist Events Call for a Shift from Consumption and Greed at the expense of the many, to Cultivation, Creation and Care This year, One Billion Rising activists are calling for RISING GARDENS, a global grassroots call for revival, restoration and transformation, making the connection between violence against women and destruction of the earth. During the pandemic, activists are expanding their reach online as they simultaneously deepen their reach on the ground,...

CELEBRATING CITY OF JOY ON THE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ITS OPENING CEREMONY Ten years ago, hundreds of people - local Congolese, dignitaries, activists and supporters from across the globe - gathered in Bukavu to celebrate the opening of the City Of Joy, a revolutionary leadership center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, co-founded by Christine Schuler Deschryver (City of Joy Director and Director of V-Day Congo), Dr. Denis Mukwege (Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Panzi Hospital), and V (formerly Eve Ensler, Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, playwright and activist). It was joyous....

KERRY WASHINGTON AND EDWIDGE DANTICAT JOIN AJA MONET ON VOICES "THE LISTENING TOUR" ON INSTAGRAM LIVE VOICES begins with listening. In the lead up to the artistic piece, Aja Monet has hosted The Virtual Listening Tour on VOICES' Instagram Live. It's an expansive series, featuring conversations, performances, and offerings that will encourage and inspire Black women from all across the African diaspora to submit their stories, poems, and art to VOICES and demonstrate how those in solidarity can engage with the project. Tune in at instagram.com/visforvoices. TOMORROW, 22 January at 7pm EST, VOICES welcomes Haitian writer, Edwidge Danticat, for a live conversation...

Join survivors, artists, activists, and youth in towns, cities, schools worldwide as together we RISE through Action, Art, Connection, Imagination, and Love. For two decades, V-Day activists have unleashed vast grassroots, anti-violence work on college campuses and in communities – visionary work that has been survivor-led and focused, all the while revealing the power of art and activism to change culture and systems. We have accomplished so much. Now we must do more. We are a movement that has always met the moment. The moment is NOW. WELCOME TO V-SEASON 2021 VOICES CAMPAIGN: Voices is a new interdisciplinary performance arts project and campaign grounded...

Dearest Activists, Friends, Supporters, As we move towards the end of this most unusual and unstable year, we are filled with gratitude for all that you have given and all that you do. Looking ahead to 2021, V-Day, One Billion Rising, & City of Joy activists everywhere are preparing RISINGs worldwide through Action, Art, Connection, Imagination and Love. This Giving season consider supporting V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender and transgender), those who hold fluid identities, nonbinary people and the planet. 31 December is the last day to make charitable donations in order to claim them on...

THIS JUST IN: VOICES Deadline Extended to 14 February “As a difficult and expansive year winds down, we wish you rest, reflection and creativity. We know this year has required so much of Black women, as the shadows of the world came to light. This is our time to recharge, replenish and regain our creative magic. We are extending our submission deadline to allow for more space for Black women to be in deep listening, introspection, and creative flow.   Our prompts are here to help you along the journey. Submit and share with your girls.” - VOICES Submit your story...

We RISE In Solidarity with the Indian Farmers Movement As massive protests in solidarity with farmers take place in India, V-Day and OBR activists RISE and stand in solidarity with them. One Billion Rising India Global Coordinator Abha Bhaiya & Kavitha Krishnan drafted this "Message from Women’s Movement to Farmers" – "Today women and men in the farmers' struggle are standing shoulder to shoulder at the Delhi borders. This movement is a symbol in the history of India—a symbol of freedom, of voices, of ideas, of protests, of slogans, of resolutions. This is not just a farmers’ struggle; it is a joint...

Giving Gratitude, Giving Joy, #Giving Tuesday Today is #GivingTuesday. As we enter the Giving season, we invite you to support the work of women leaders in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya who are pushing boundaries and creating spaces born from the vision of local women survivors where women and girls turn their pain into power. They are creating a world where women can thrive rather than merely survive. To send a V-Card on the donation pages, check the box next to "I'd like to make this contribution in honor or memory of someone" and then "I'd like to notify someone...

This giving season support V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet. Your trust, generosity and vision make our movement possible. V-Day believes that when art and activism come together, they have the power to transform systems and change culture. V-Day has inspired women all over the world and raised collective consciousness about how violence and gender intersect. Local V-Day activists have raised over $120 million dollars for grassroots anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and safe houses in...

Ready to Rise? Join One Billion Rising 2021: Rising Gardens Rising Gardens is a defiant creative call for revival, restoration and transformation. Gardens as a compassionate call for justice – because one of the greatest injustices of our time has been the destruction and eradication of Mother Earth, parallel to the ongoing and escalating gender-based violence. Ready to RISE, GARDEN, RESIST? Visit OneBillionRising.org The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly blown open the destructive veins of neoliberalism, capitalism, racism, fascism and patriarchy, revealing violent and broken systems that have been forced upon us for far too long. The majority of people who are dying are...