Action of the Week: End Violence Against Women Around the Globe

More than three billion women live on Earth, and one in three will be raped in her lifetime.

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Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on February 7, 2013. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

is a contributing writer for TakePart and Participant Media’s former Director of Digital Social Action.

Yesterday, Eve Ensler’s V-Day hosted One Billion Rising, a single-day protest and strike demanding an end to violence against women around the world. Why one billion? That’s the number of women alive today who will be sexually abused in their lifetimes.

You read that right: One. Billion.

Recent attacks in India and South Africa have only exacerbated the need for immediate action on this issue, and 2013 looks like the year the world will come together to demand change.

If you missed One Billion Rising, not to worry. There’s plenty you can do to make a difference for women in the U.S. and around the world. Click the button below and pledge to stand up against sexual violence.

Taking action is easy: You can ask an elected official to take action against sexual violence in conflict zones, or even just raise awareness about the issue in your community and on social networks. Just making people aware of the problem is the first step toward solving it.

Help us reach our initial goal of 2,500 pledges on this action and demand an end to violence against women.

(Passionate about this issue, but want to take more than one action? You can also tell the House of Representatives that you want them to renew the Violence Against Women Act, a law that’s already helped millions of abuse victims seek justice.)

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