BILLIONS TO RISE UP AND DANCE
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.
If reading these words makes your spine tingle, just take a look at this video.
This is the promotional clip launched overnight by One Billion Rising, a fledgling campaign founded by Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues and founder of V Day, who is urging women around the world to dance for the freedom of all women on February 14 next year.
It’s an absolutely brilliant concept.
Dancing against violence? Why not? The idea has a sense of blissful triumph about it – you can beat us, rape us, mutilate us and bully us, but we can still band together and do something as primitively joyful as dancing.
It takes the spirit of the flash mob to a whole other goose-bump-inducing, inspirational level. And it’s a great way of getting attention. Which is the point.
The dance around the world will be held on V Day in 2013 – it’s Valentine’s Day, and also the 15th anniversary of the campaign launched by Ensler to help end violence against women and girls.
Ensler told The Huffington Post: “When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women.
“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.”
Already around the world women’s organisations and human rights organisations are joining the One Billion Rising movement: Amnesty International, National Organisation for Women, Planned Parenthood, and celebrities are starting to jump on board.
Our favourite so far? Robert Redford, who in this video below makes a heartfelt plea to end violence against women, saying “this is not a women’s issue. This is a global crisis.”
“I invite women – and the men who love them – to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.”
Would you accept Robert Redford’s invitation to dance? Stay tuned to The Hoopla to find out about where to rise up near you.
*Lucy (Editor of The Hoopla) is a journalist and editor with almost thirty years experience in newspapers and magazines in Sydney, London, and New York. She has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, Vogue Living, Australian Art Review, and Gourmet Traveller. Most recently the Books Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, she has also contributed to the non-fiction books, Australia Through Time, and What Women Want.