One Billion Rising


One Billion Rising is a global movement, started by Eve Ensler, to end rape and sexual violence against women.[1][2][3] The "billion" is the number of women who will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. According to the United Nations, the number is one in three women, or about one billion.[4]

One Billion Rising
MottoStrike, Dance, Rise!
Eve Ensler
Monique Wilson


Eve Ensler in 2011

The campaign was started by playwright and activist Eve Ensler. Ensler wrote the play The Vagina Monologues). She started the organization V-Day.[5] The idea for the organization came from the Todd Akin 'legitimate rape' and pregnancy comment controversy. Ensler was shocked at Akin's statement. She wrote an open letter in answer.[6]

One-day planned activitiesEdit


In 2012, the One Billion Rising campaign resulted in the biggest mass global action to end violence against women ever. There were tens of thousands of events.[7]

By September 20, 2012, people from 160 countries had signed up to take part in the campaign.[8]

Around 5,000 organizations joined the campaign. The campaign was supported by religious ministers, movement builders, actors Rosario Dawson and Robert Redford,[9][10] and Stella Creasy, a British Labour Co-operative politician.[11]

Anoushka Shankar, a classical musician from India, made a video message dedicated to Jyoti Singh. Singh was the Indian student who died in December after she was gang-raped by six men on a Delhi bus. In the video, Shankar said she was abused by a trusted friend of her parents over several years when she was a child. In her message she said she did not believe she will ever recover from the abuse she had suffered: " a woman I find I'm frequently living in fear, afraid to walk along at night, afraid to answer a man who asks for the time, afraid I'm going to be judged or treated in ways based on the way I might choose to dress or the make up I might choose to wear, and you know, enough is enough. I'm rising for women like Jyoti, for women like her, with the amazing women of my country I'm rising for the child in me who I don't think will ever fully recover from what happened to her."[12]


On February 14, 2013, there were rallies in more than 190 countries.[13] The one-day event happened after a call for one billion women around the world to join together to dance in a show of group strength.[14] The activities were on the 15th anniversary of the V-Day movement.[15] The word "billion" refers the number that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. [16]


One Billion Rising for Justice was in February 2014. Bollywood Superstar Aamir Khan, who talked about such issues on his TV Show Satyamev Jayate, supported One Billion Rising Campaign in New Delhi.[17] In Los Angeles, a number of events protested violence against women soldiers and prisoners. Many famous people participated, including Jane Fonda, Anne Hathaway, Marisa Tomei, and Dylan McDermott.[18]


In 2015, the name was One Billion Rising Revolution. More than 200 countries planned to participate. In Italy, more than 100 cities planned events. All 34 provinces of Afghanistan planned events.[19]

Kimberlé Crenshaw, famous Critical Race Theory figure and professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, supported One Billion Rising to help create awareness of the difficulties girls of color face in New York and Boston schools. These issues include the school-to-prison pipeline, stereotyping, and the difference in suspension reasons and numbers compared to white girls (the rates being 10 times higher than for white girls). [19]

Global coordinatorsEdit

  • Monique Wilson – Director
  • Abha Bhaiya / Sangat South Asian Feminist Network – India
  • Amy Oyekunle – Nigeria
  • Andres Naime – Mexico
  • Anne-Christine d'Adesky – Haiti
  • Colani Hlatjwako – Swaziland
  • Dianne Madray – Caribbean: St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana
  • Fahima Hashim – Sudan
  • Fartuun A. Adan – Somalia
  • Iman Aoun – Palestine
  • Isatou Touray – The Gambia
  • Jason Day – Peru
  • Jessica Montoya – Santa Fe, United States
  • Kamla Bhasin / Sangat South Asian Feminist Network – South Asia
  • Karabo Tshikube – South Africa
  • Khushi Kabir – Bangladesh
  • Lindsey Horvath – Los Angeles, United States
  • Marsha Pamela Lopez Calderon – Central and South America
  • Marya Meyer – Miami, United States
  • Mily Trevino-Sauceda / Alianza Nacional De Campesinas – Farmworkers in the United States and Mexico
  • Naomi N. Mwaura – Kenya
  • Nico Corradini – Italy
  • Nyasha Sengayi – Zimbabwe
  • Rada Boric – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Sloveni[20]

Related pagesEdit


  1. "V-Day: One Billion Rising". 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  2. "Celebrating five years of women moaning | Antigua Observer Newspaper". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  3. "'This is not a women's issue, it's a global crisis': Robert Redford - video | Society |". London: Guardian. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  4. "UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Launches Campaign to End Violence against Women" (PDF). Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  5. "Capital News » African gender activists meet in Kenya over violence". 1931-11-07. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  6. "One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler, Activists Worldwide Plan Global Strike to End Violence Against Women". Retrieved 2012-09-28.
  8. "News in Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual". Myrepublica.Com. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  9. Martinson, Jane (2007-09-28). "Join the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women | Society". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  10. "Una campagna contro la violenza sulle donne mondiale". 2012-09-09. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  11. Rosamund Urwin (2012-09-07). "'The misogynist abuse MPs receive is shocking – you should see the tweets I get' - Politics - News - Evening Standard". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  12. Nelson, Dean (2013-02-14). "Anoushka Shankar reveals sexual abuse as child". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  13. Kyivans join global rally to end violence against women, Kyiv Post (14 February 2013)
  14. "Fit for the King » FUNFARE with Ricardo F. Lo | Entertainment » Exclusive". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  15. Coastweek Kenya (2012-09-06). "". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  16. "Features". 2012-02-21. Archived from the original on 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  17. "Aamir Khan and Gul Panag lend their Support to One Billion Rising Campaign". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  18. BUN
  19. 19.0 19.1 "February 12, 2015 - Democracy Now!". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  20. "Global Coordinators Archives - One Billion Rising Revolution". One Billion Rising Revolution. Retrieved 20 March 2015.

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