Feminism on Valentine’s Day

2013-02-14 14.20.25A year or six ago, when I was studying in London, another single friend and I decided we’d take Valentine’s Day off and travel to Bath. We visited the Roman Spas and the Jane Austen museum – but that’s a blog for another day.

This year, I went to the One Billion Rising demonstration in Washington Square Park.

What’s One Billion Rising, you ask? Here’s a link to their site: http://onebillionrising.org/ – but in short, they’re an offshoot of playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day Foundation, and work as an organization to demand an end to violence against women around the world. For the last year, they’ve been working to get out the word around the world and stage a women’s strike on February 14, 2014. ‘

More recently, they organized a way for women around the world to express themselves in solidarity with one another against violence: a worldwide dance.

And I do mean worldwide. Check out the organization’s website and the twitter tags #1billionrising and #reasontorise/#reasonstorise to see what’s being said about the action.

Here’s a video of today’s demo in Washington Square Park, NYC.

8 responses to “Feminism on Valentine’s Day

  1. Georgina Merry

    I didn’t make the one here, but some friends did. Fabulous cause!

  2. Loved the video. So much joy. Thank you for sharing.

    • Rachel / @girl_onthego

      Thank you for watching it! 😀 The joy aspect of it was something that really came across, especially at the end – all the dancers jumping around and hugging one another. 🙂 They actually did the dance a second time after that, too. One of those times I wish I’d had a little more confidence and joined in, but I’m also glad to have gotten the video. 🙂

  3. Excellent cause. Violence of any kind needs to stop.

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