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ACT NOW: Turn Your Dance Steps To Action Steps!
THANK YOU for making 14 February 2013 the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls!

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What Is One Billion Rising?
When was One Billion Rising?
Can I do a One Billion Rising event now?
Will One Billion Rising be an annual event?
Can men join?

About the Campaign
Why dance?
Why February 14?
What is the difference between a V-Day event and a One Billion Rising Rising?
How do I sign up for a V-Day benefit event?
If I've signed up for One Billion Rising, am I authorized to stage "The Vagina Monologues"?

Q. What Is One Billion Rising?
A. One Billion Rising is the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls. The day of action took place on 14 February 2013 and continues on in action throughout communities worldwide. One Billion Rising has mobilized over a billion people worldwide, inspiring women and men in 207 countries to come together and express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE against violence.
LEARN more at "Why We Rise" >

Q. When was One Billion Rising?
A. One Billion Rising took place on Thursday, 14 February 2013.

Q. Can I do a One Billion Rising event now?
A. Though the One Billion Rising global day of action is over, the campaign was always conceived to be a catalyst and a wind to fuel local activities and initiatives around the world to end violence against women and girls. We encourage everyone to continue rising with the women and men in your community for your own special causes. Whether it's for domestic violence, rape, FGM or any other violence that women experience around the world, keep dancing and continue in the one billion rising spirit with flash mobs, rallies and fundraisers.

Q. Will One Billion Rising be an annual event?
A. One Billion Rising shook the world on 14 February and we’ve been celebrating the many victories activists achieved that day and in the ensuing weeks. We want to continue this momentum and use the power of One Billion Rising to continue our victories toward ending violence against women, but One Billion Rising was always conceived to be a catalyst and a wind rather than a new organization or an annual holiday. Harness the power of your activism now because we’re not waiting for 14 February, 2014. Look at what actions are ongoing in your community or, if you want information on how to participate in V-Day activities, please visit www.vday.org/our-work/college-community-campaigns.

Q. Can men join?
A. Yes, of course. Violence against women and girls is not only a woman's issue; it's a human issue. When we say everyone should join the campaign we mean EVERYONE.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Q. Why dance?
A. 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.

Q. Why 14 February?
A. 14 February 2013 was V-Day's 15th anniversary. When we started V-Day we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women. Though we have seen many victories over the years, violence against women and girls is still prevalent. One Billion Rising was an appreciation, amplification and an escalation.

Q. What is the difference between a V-Day benefit event and a One Billion Rising rising event?
A. An official V-Day event is a benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" or one of five other artistic events curated by V-Day. These events take place annually between February and April. A One Billion Rising rising event was a single-day global action, consisting primarily of dance strikes, which occurred on 14 February 2013. Every 2013 V-Day event will promote One Billion Rising, and we encourage One Billion Rising activists to sign up to host a V-Day event.

Q. How do I sign up for a V-Day benefit event?
A. You can apply to organize a V-Day benefit event at the V-Spot. Once a member of the V-Team contacts you with the go ahead, you will gain access to the scripts and many other organizer materials to help you bring a V-Day benefit event to your school or community.

Q. If I've signed up for One Billion Rising, am I authorized to stage "The Vagina Monologues"?
A. No. You must apply to host a V-Day benefit event and be granted the rights to "The Vagina Monologues." Fill out an application by going to vspot.vday.org.




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