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What Will You Rise Up For This V-Day?

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Participants at the D.C. One Billion Rising event on February 14.

CREDIT: Tara Kutz, Campus Progress

V-Day — a global non-profit movement that has been supporting women’s anti-violence groups for 15 years — declared that it's far past time to end violence against women. 

In honor of its anniversary this Valentine's Day, V-Day launched a new movement—One Billion Rising—that calls women and men to "walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence," violence that affects one in every three women in their lifetimes.
 
“Dancing insists we take up space," explained Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues," which have been performed on college campuses across the country every year on V-Day. "It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at any time with anyone and everyone. It's free. It's contagious and it spreads quickly."

Dawn Aldrich, the director of programs and policy for the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), told Campus Progress that this year's V-Day, spearheaded by the new One Billion Rising campaign, "is different [from past years] in that we're all uniting on this one day to say that we have had enough. We're over rape, rape culture, violence, abuse, and apathy. We are better than this. We can't sit idly by and let the atrocities committed against one billion women continue.”

Today's actions mark the start of a long road ahead to end violence against women. 

“NCWO and our member groups will continue to spread the word about resources for survivors of violence, advocate for the reauthorization of an inclusive Violence Against Women Act, and fight the spread of rape culture,” Aldrich said. 

If you want to join the actions today, check out V-Day's event central.

Anya Callahan is a reporter for Generation Progress. Follow her on Twitter @LezAnya.

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