Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on February 7, 2013. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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.
Three and a half billion women live on Earth, and one in three will be raped in her lifetime. Recent incidents in India and South Africa have focused attention on the brutal and unacceptable epidemic of violence toward women. Click "read more" to see what you can do.
Three and a half billion women live on Earth, and one in three will be raped in her lifetime. Recent incidents in India and South Africa have focused attention on the brutal and unacceptable epidemic of violence toward women. Here's what you can do.
2.Walk A Mile In Her Shoes — Not a woman but still want to show your support? You can literally walk a mile in "her" shoes — high heels, that is.
3. Cross Your Arms — Take a picture with your arms crossed as hundreds of others have done on Stop Rape Now, as a gesture of your desire to see world leaders act.
4. Send A Letter — Also at Stop Rape Now, you can write to your elected officials, asking them to take action against sexual violence in conflict zones.
Stand with women around the world and sign the pledge below to fight for an end to rape, abuse and violence against women.
I stand with millions of women and men around the world in demanding an end to the epidemic of sexual violence. I will show my support by joining others in protest and letting my elected officials know that they must advocate for the victims of rape and abuse.
You're making a difference in the fight against sexual violence around the world.
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.)