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RISING BLOG: Experience the Rising from the Inside Out

Take a unique look inside the ONE BILLION RISING campaign from the perspective of V-Day staff, Campaign team, and ONE BILLION RISING Regional Coordinators. This ongoing blog series will feature writings from around the world, and give a glimpse into some behind-the-scenes reflections as they worked together to organize the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls.

We also want to take this moment to thank the following for their passion, dedication and brilliance!
V-DAY STAFF: Carl Cheng, Kate Fisher, David Hay, Emi Kane, Cecile Lipworth, Tony Montenieri, Shael Norris, Nikki Noto, Purva Panday Cullman, Amy Squires, Christine Schuler Deschryver, Susan Celia Swan, Laura Waleryszak; REGIONAL COORDINATORS: Jason Sywak; Agent of Change; Rossana Abueva, UK/Philippines; Fartuun Adnan, Somali; Abha Bhaiya, South Asia; Kamla Bhasin, South Asia; Nicoletta Billi, Italy; Francine Bintu, Democratic Republic of Congo; Rada Boric, Balkans; Valentina Brogna, European Women's Lobby; Nico Corradini, Italy; Jason Day, Peru; Colette Detroy, European Women's Lobby; Lea Filoche, France; Laura Flanders; Rose Gibbs, UK; Fahima Hashimi, Sudan; Karin Heisecke, Germany/Members European Parliament; Lindsey Horvath, California; Adriana Islaviale, Peru; Khushi Kabir, Bangladesh; Kaizaad Kotwal, India; Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, Zimbabwe; Andres Naime, Mexico: Vanessa Oniboni, Peru/Spain; Marsha Pamela, Central America; Marie-Cecile Renauld, France; Pat Reuss; Nighat Rizvi, Pakistan; Nadja Romain, France/UK; Gillian Schutte, South Africa; Nyasha Gloria Sengayi, Zimbabwe; Tanisha Taitt, Canada; Mily Trevino Sauceda, Farmworkers US, Mexico; Monique Wilson, Philippines/UK; MEDIA & VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS: Viva & Co., Cathryn Swan, Jennifer Hirsch, Group SJR: Erin Allweiss and Sriya Karamunchi, Emi Kane, Brooke Shelby Biggs, Jonathan Archer, Tony Stroebel, Jo Stroebel, Taylor Krauss, Rob Wilson, Madeleine Gavin, Kirthi Nath; SUPPORT: Kate Cleaver, Alison Gars, Kristen Kaza, Heather Moseley, Megan Sparkman.


AN IDEA BECOMES A MANTRA BECOMES A RISING
by Susan Celia Swan, V-Day Executive Director

I can remember when Eve first called about One Billion Rising from Congo.
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TURNING A NEW LEAF: SOMALIA RISING
by Fartuun Adan, Regional Coordinator

The venue of our main event was a public courtyard located in one of the more recently liberated districts of Mogadishu.
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MEXICO RISING
by Andrés Naime, Regional Coordinator

I live in the country where "nothing happens". Everybody is in constant pursuit of happiness and trying to stay blindsided regarding violence as a part of everyday life.
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48: RISING ONLINE WITH THE WORLD
by Jonathan Archer, Social Media Team

I joined V-Day four weeks before One Billion Rising, in a Mission District coffee shop.
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WHAT CELEBRATING A V-DAY ANNIVERSARY LOOKS LIKE
by Laura Waleryszak, V-Day College & Community Campaigns Manager

The last time V-Day celebrated an anniversary, I was sitting behind a glass window in the New Orleans Arena box office.
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KE FEDETSE: V-GIRLS RISING SOUTH AFRICA
by Ratanang Mogotsi V-Girl (South Africa)

When the V-Girls enter the Constitution Hill, on February 14, we were stunned to see no one dancing.
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A VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM MY HOME OFFICE
by Cecile Lipworth, V-Day Managing Director
Not many people have the privilege of working in a home office with a view of the world. But I am one of the lucky few.
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CANADA RISING
by Tanisha Taitt, Regional Coordinator
The road to OBR Canada began in September 2013. Shortly after getting underway in my role as National Coordinator, I found myself discouraged and nervous.
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ENOUGH ALREADY
By Gillian Schutte
In the past few years there have been waves of feminine revolution that have been directly rooted in body, art and the carnivalesque.
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WATCHING THE WORLD RISE
by Carl Cheng, Online Associate
I have always considered myself as one of the more invisible members on staff working behind the scenes for most of One Billion Rising.
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A MOMENT OF CLARITY
by Jason Sywak, Project Manager
I am not an expert in the anti-violence against women movement. Of course, I knew it existed and that laws don't do enough to punish offenders or protect victims but I had no idea how much of a global epidemic violence against women is.
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I'M NOT A DANCER
by Kate Fisher, Communications & Special Events Director
I'm not a dancer. I'm not overly coordinated. I'm a little self-conscious, I'm not at all graceful, and my rhythm is suspect.
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REVOLUCIONA MI VIDA
by Marsha Lopez, Regional Coordinator (Guatemala / América Latina)
Hace más de diez años tuve la oportunidad de salir de una relación de maltrato y abuso que llevo mi vida a limites cercanos a la muerte.
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ZIMBABWE RISING
by Nyasha Sengayi, Regional Coordinator (Zimbabwe)
The 14th of February shall forever be a highlight of my personal calendar as a feminist and also in the history of the women’s movement in Zimbabwe.
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BRUSSELS RISING
by Colette de Troy & Valentina Brogna, Regional Coordinators (European Women's Lobby)
One Billion Rising was an exciting way of campaigning against violence against women. We used music and art, we danced and sang, using our bodies to protest and to occupy public spaces so that our message could not be ignored and could be conveyed in a positive, non-violent way.
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FARMWORKERS RISING
by Mily Trevino-Saucedo, Regional Coordinator
¡Gracias a Eve y a toda la gente de V-Day que nos animó a ser parte de este esfuerzo global! Nos sentimos parte de un mundo que aún cree en la justicia, la paz y la no violencia.
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MY PERSONAL JOURNEY TO ONE BILLION RISING
by Tony Montenieri, V-Day Director of Operations
OBR technically began for me on February 14th, 2012. Eve was flying from Australia to Los Angeles where after being on a plane for 14 hours she would get off the plane and head to CNN to announce the global action called One Billion Rising.
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SOWETO RISING
by Stacey Rozen, Regional Coordinator
Still reeling from the horrific gang rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen, we awoke on V-Day to a shocking bloody valentine. The hash tag #1BillionRising faded in comparison to #OscarPistorius.
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NYC RISING
by Rachel P. Goldstein, Regional Coordinator
One billion women and girls are raped, abused, or beaten in their lifetime. That statistic was the driving force behind the efforts of myself and my team as we passionately took on Eve Ensler and her One Billion Rising campaign to stop this senselessness.
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ONE BILLION RISING
by Purva Panday Cullman, Programs & Development Director
One Billion Rising was a unique experience for me. In the months leading up to it I was part of the team planning and executing some of the events and projects that helped build momentum for the campaign ­ from our Africa Summit in Nairobi to the NYC Break The Chains flashmob and video shoot, to helping to bring on diverse partners like the Guerrilla Girls and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
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ONE BILLION RISING - THE EXPERIENCE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
by Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende
The phenomenon that is One Billion Rising will be forever etched in my memory and my consciousness as the movement through which my feminism found true expression.
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V-GIRLS RISING, SOUTH AFRICA
by Gina Shmukler, Regional Coordinator
Staging The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness for ONE BILLION RISING was an incredible experience.
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ARTISTS RISING
by Rosie Gibbs, Regional Coordinator (UK)
As an artist with a keen interest in equal rights, and in particular the rights of women it has been an amazing experience working as the director of the One Billion Rising Art Festival in the UK.
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KHARTOUM RISING!
Thank you to Salmmah Women's Resource Center, Salmmah's Friends, UNFPA. Blue Nile Lotus, Y-Peer and the British Embassy Khartoum for this amazing Rising event and film.
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MOVING, DANCING, RISING IN EUROPE
by Karin Heisecke, Regional Coordinator EU
When I first got involved with V-Day in early 2001, little did I know that the movement would become one of the few constants in my life over the following decade, as I was moving across Europe, changing cities, changing apartments, changing jobs.
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ATLANTA RISING
by Allison Wonders Gars, Regional Coordinator
On Feb. 14th, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia joined together in solidarity to demand an end to violence against women and girls in our city and around the world.
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