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One Billion Rising

According to the website One Billion Rising:

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

On February 14th, people the world round will dance in support of the obsolete idea that violence against women is in any way acceptable. This global event is the heart child of author, playwright, activist and one woman force of nature Eve Ensler. Best known for her play The Vagina Monologues, she brought to the stage disturbing and soul shaking truths about the ways in which women and girls have been abused, and mistreated throughout the ages. She and the various actresses who sat on stools on an otherwise bare stage, reading from the text of the play itself gave voice to those who were silenced by fear and ignorance. Fifteen years ago, Eve orchestrated V-Day to bring it to the world stage. I had the chance to meet and interview Eve a few years ago when she came to Philadelphia to offer the one woman show called The Good Body, which explores the love/hate relationship women have with their bodies, since our various cultures tell us what is acceptable in terms of appearance, rather than encouraging us to feel at home in the skin we’re in. I f0und her to be friendly, approachable and welcoming, with a sense of passion for this work, born of being a rape survivor herself.

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From this solid platform, Eve has gathered around her a growing tribe of women and men who are calling out “ENOUGH!”.  When you dance tomorrow, wherever you are, whether in a downtown or rural setting, in front of city hall or at Carnivale, in a gym or park or even in the privacy of your home, know that you do not dance alone and that you do not dance  just for yourself, but instead for and with your sisters and brothers from all corners of the globe. As Eve shared in her you tube video below, when the sun rises in February 15th, a shift will have taken place so that we can all feel safe and free and expressed.

http://youtu.be/b5mFQiFvTCA  A Message From Eve Ensler

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http://youtu.be/7C1vDiYW5EI

Sisters of Providence practice a dance for the One Billion Rising event raising awareness of violence against women and girls. This particular dance was specifically choreographed for mature dancers and goes with the song “Break the Chain.” (Lyrics by Tena Clark, Music by Tena Clark/Tim Heintz)
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Catholic sisters founded by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in 1840.

www.onebillionrising.org

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