Just Stop It! The Violence Against Women and Girls Must End

I AM A FORCE4GOOD! I tell myself that all day every day. This world celebrates romantic love on Valentine’s Day and we celebrate Mother’s Day yet “I in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.” That means your mother, your sister, your wife or best friend will be raped. Where does love come into this picture? The violence must end!

I am a huge supporter of www.vday.org. This is the website for One Billion Rising, the largest global action to end violence against women and girls in human history. This year marks the launch of its third year with One Billion Rising: Revolution, a new escalation that calls for a radical shift to end the global epidemic of abuse that women face worldwide.

Eve Ensler, playwright, activist and Founder of One Billion Rising states, “We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. This year we are rising for Revolution.”

On and around February 14th, women, men and youth will plan, lead, and participate in actions, dance, political and artistic events, and rallies –or Risings–in hundreds of countries on (and around) the date of February 14th to highlight, spark, and mobilize artistic and community-based initiatives to bring in the new revolutionary world of equality, dignity, and freedom for all women and girls.

I entreat you to join in whatever way you can. Visit the website. Let your voice be heard. Let’s expose a new consciousness of harmlessness and love until any other treatment toward any human being is considered unthinkable. I AM A FORCE4GOOD.