One Billion and Rising in Britain
One Billion Rising is a global campaign speaking out for action to tackle violence against girls and women across the world.
On Thursday 14th February (V day), across the country from Aberdeen to York via Belfast, Liverpool and Hastings, women and those who love them will be rising; calling for an end to violence against women. You can find out about events in your area here on the OBRUK website.
One Billion Rising is the brainchild of Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues and founder of international women’s charity V Day. Prompted by UN statistics – that one on three of the planet’s three billion women will be beaten in or raped in their lifetime – Eve established the global campaign which culminates in today’s events and flashmobs. The day will be marked across the world, as well as in the UK; participants include the carnival queen in Rio, the Australian and Croatian prime ministers, Filipino domestic workers in Saudi Arabia , lamas, union leaders, zumba dancers and the broadway cast of Wicked, to name a few.
In London, Stella Creasy MP and Thandie Newton will be among the groups bringing OBRUK to parliament with flashmobs across the city, and a debate. Have a read of Stella's guest blog to see what she's rising for, and watch this video explaining what she's doing on V Day:
To find out more about what One Billion Rising is campaigning for, read Amber Rudd MPs guest blog and join the discussion over whether it should be compulsory for children to learn about relationship violence and sexual consent in schools.
You can also read more about how the debate will be raised in parliament by checking out Stella's webchat for Gransnet yesterday.
Follow what's happening with #OBRUK events on Twitter: