Towards the end of last year Anne Hathaway covered Glamour magazine and she was interviewed by Eve Ensler, feminist, activist and author of Vagina Monologues. I nearly lost my mind when I saw the cover story, because I could lit’rally perform certain parts of Vagina Monologues in my sleep, and Eve Ensler has always been a celebrity of sorts to me. Anne and Eve spoke about One Billion Rising, a worldwide event (founded by Ensler) that Anne wanted everyone to know about. PITNBr E. Lee also commented about V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women, which Eve Ensler also founded (and which now works in conjunction with One Billion Rising). Today, Anne, Eve, and women and men the world over are asking people to strike, rise, or dance in support of a world free of violence against women. Click inside to learn more about how you can join me, and celebrate V-Day!
Anne Hathaway For One Billion Rising:
Here’s the announcement from the official V-Day website:
V-DAY’s ONE BILLION RISING: 14 FEBRUARY 2013
Largest Day of Mass Action Ever to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls With “Risings” Planned in 203 Countries
Activists, Writers, Thinkers, Workers, Students, Poets, Dancers,
Parliamentarians, Mayors, State Representatives, Celebrities,
Women and Men Will RISE on 14 February 2013
United Nations to Observe One Billion Rising at UN Headquarters in New York City
(13 February 2013) – V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, announces the final escalation of its year-long ONE BILLION RISING campaign. On Thursday, 14 February, women and men in 203 countries will come together in the largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls, to express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE to support an end to violence against women once and for all.
“February 14, 2013 will change the world not because it is a day of magic, although there are indeed mystical elements surrounding this campaign. It will change the world because the preparation for it and organizing for it has already created an energetic wind or wave igniting existing efforts to end violence against women and create new ones,” said V-Day Founder and award winning playwright Eve Ensler. “It has brought together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before; brought in all kinds of new people and groups and associations and masses of men who are not aware of the issue but are now working on it; brought violence against women, through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion. On February 14, we are rising together because it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create change.”…
RISING IN THE MEDIA
In the lead-up to 14 February, V-Day Board members and high profile supporters are appearing on major national and international television programs to promote the campaign. Anne Hathaway will be on “The Tonight Show”(Feb 13), Jane Fonda on “Piers Morgan” (Feb 13), Rosario Dawsonon “Lawrence O’Donnell” (Feb 13) and TODAY (Feb 14), Thandie Newtonon CNN International (Feb 14). Laura Flanders appeared this past weekend on “Up with Chris Hayes” (Feb 9) and “Melissa Harris Perry” (Feb 10),Katie Couric will feature One Billion Rising on “Katie” (Feb 14), and invite her audience members to rise. Over the past two weeks, V-Day Founder and award winning playwright Eve Ensler has appeared in international print, TV, and broadcast media worldwide.
You can read more HERE.
And here are some other resources– there are videos of women rising all over the world HERE, along with a live stream of the United Nations‘s participation in the event. And check out the V-Day Facebook page HERE.
I’m not too big on Valentine’s Day, but I’m excited to join in on the V-Day celebration. I’ll be rising and dancing today, and thinking of one thing I can do this year to participate in the fight against violence against women and girls. I’ll have Malala Yousafzai on my mind as well, and I hope some of you will join me and rise up on V-Day!