On Valentine’s Day today, let us talk about love. But let’s give it a different take. On this day, when the world celebrates love, let us talk about spreading the love to one half of the population — the fairer sex.
So today, instead of doing the usual things, we want you to rise up and rise up for women. Join writer-activist Eve Ensler and millions of others across the world for the movement One Billion Rising, which Ensler had announced during her last visit to Delhi.
The movement is a part of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through productions of Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues and other works.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
So join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world as they express outrage, demand change, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
As part of the campaign, a city hotel has a chain of activities lined up. The official song for the campaign, Break the Chain, will be played. Pledge wristbands in red and black will be distributed. Articles, posters, banners will be put up to encourage more people to support the campaign. Also a street play and a flash mob have been organised.
At: The Park, 15 Parliament Street
When: 14 February