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V-Day Announces the Escalation of Global One Billion Rising Campaign

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V-DAY ANNOUNCES THE ESCALATION OF GLOBAL ONE BILLION RISING CAMPAIGN:
NEW WEBSITE AND VIDEO SERIES LAUNCH TODAY

Activists, Artists, Movie stars, Ministers, Movement Builders, Members of Parliament in 160 Countries and Thousands of Organizations Sign On;
Eve Ensler Announces Global Tour

14 February 2013 to be V-Day’s Largest Day of Action Ever

Jessica Alba, Fatou Bensouda, Rosario Dawson, Jason Day, Jane Fonda, Anne Hathaway, Donna Karan, Naomi Klein, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Thandie Newton, Yoko Ono, Laura Pausini, Ai-jen Poo, Robert Redford, Gloria Steinem, Monique Wilson & More Pledge to “Rise” To End Violence Against Women and Girls

(Sept. 24, 2012) – Today, V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, announced the escalation of its global campaign ONE BILLION RISING and the launch of OneBillionRising.org to support the rapidly growing campaign activity including video testimonies, event planning and creative actions.

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 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 at last to violence against women.

With activists in 160 countries already signed on, the website (OneBillionRising.org) will serve as a hub for the global day of action planned for 14 February 2013. The site launches with a short film by Eve Ensler and South African filmmaker Tony Stroebel shot in 9 countries (vday.org/shortfilm), and the start of an ongoing video series entitled “I Am Rising….” The series coincides with a weeklong print and online video series breaking in London’s The Guardian newspaper featuring an exclusive commentary piece by Eve Ensler and video testimony from British MP Stella Creasy, as well as Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Fatou Bensouda, Ai-jen Poo, Jane Mukuninwa, Ruby Wax, and Olympian Nicola Adams, with the aim of inspiring women and men around the world to join ONE BILLION RISING.

On the heels of the escalation of ONE BILLION RISING, Eve Ensler, Award-winning playwright, activist, and V-Day founder, will embark on a world tour, with stops in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, India, China, Philippines, Britain, France, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), kicking off today in New York City, and ending on 14 February 2013, in Congo, with a One Billion Rising event that will be broadcast around the world.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. "One Billion Rising is an appreciation, amplification and an escalation.  When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.  Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It's dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive.  It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It's free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It's contagious and it spreads quickly. It's of the body. It's transcendent.”

Since the launch of the campaign in February 2012, ONE BILLION RISING has gained incredible momentum, bringing on thousands of supporters across 160 countries and gaining the support of politicians, artists, writers, celebrities, thinkers, activists, non-profits, unions and corporations around the world. To date:

The new ONE BILLION RISING website will feature activist videos, daily news updates and photos, information on joining the campaign and much more. Individuals and organizations can get involved with ONE BILLION RISING by:

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About V-Day

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

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