One Billion Rising Flashmob at the European Parliament
On 29 January 2013 in Brussels, the European Parliament rose and danced with Eve Ensler in a One Billion Rising flashmob to call for an end to violence against women and girls.
This initiative was led by European Parliament Vice-President Isabelle Durant (Belgium) with her fellow ”V-MEPs” who performed The Vagina Monologues in the European Parliament in March 2012: Franziska Brantner (Germany), Marielle Gallo (France), Ana Gomes (Portugal), Kartika Liotard (Netherlands), Ulrike Lunacek (Austria), Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland), Renate Weber (Romania), Cecilia Wikström (Sweden). They were joined by many more MEPs, including Michael Cashman (UK), Leonidas Donskis (Lithuania), Mikael Gustafsson (Sweden, chair of the EP committee on women’s rights and gender equality), Jean Lambert (UK), Barbara Lochbihler (Germany, chair of the subcommittee on Human Rights), Baroness Sarah Ludford (UK, Vice-Chair of the ALDE Group), Marisa Matias (Portugal), Martina Anderson (UK), Judith Merkies (Netherlands), Joanna Senyszyn (Poland, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights), Gabriele Zimmer (Germany, chair of the GUE/NGL Group), as well as staff at the European Parliament.
One In Three Women On The Planet Will Be Raped Or Beaten In Her Lifetime.
One Billion Women Violated Is An Atrocity.
One Billion Women Dancing Is A Revolution.
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being