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V day- What are you doing for Valentines day?

As I am sure you don’t need reminding, next week is Valentine’s day… it is a day that some people look forward to while others sit at home hoarding chocolates and gin and tonics, just waiting for it to be over. Well this year why not do something worthwhile with your night? February the 14th does not have to be a night to dread. Even if you do have plans why not do them on the 15th, I’m sure it’ll be much less crowded anyway. This year why not take part in the 15th annual Vday?

Each year on Valentine’s day organisers of Vday invite men and women from around the world to come together and rise up to protest about violence against women. Their aim is to get 1 billion people from all around the world to come together and dance. Founders of Vday say that they chose dancing, as “dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at any time with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.

The 1 billion represents the 1 billion women around the world who will be raped or abused in their life times, that is a staggering 1 in 3 women globally.

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The organisation came into being 15 years ago, and since that date it has taken place every year. V day was founded by Eve Ensler, award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, and has since spread all over the world from London to Tokyo. V day’s campaign “One Million Rising” was launched in 2012; since it started the movement has raised over 90 million US dollars to help end violence against women, as well as providing education and raising awareness of the extent of the issue. The fund has over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs including safe houses for women who have suffered from abuse or attacks. There are now members who are participating in the movement in 182 countries. A recent addition to the campaign is the creation of the #menrise section, to encourage men to join the cause.

With each year #onebillionrising gains more support, with organisations such as Amnesty International and MTV getting involved. It has also generated interest with individuals such as the Dalai Lama, Thandie Newton, Jane Fonda and Anne Hathaway participating. As a build up to V day, people from around the world have been writing songs, poetry and articles, and posting them to the website under the tag line #telluswhyyouarerising. To read what others have said, or to post your own, check out the one billion rising web site here.

If you want to get involved come to Meyrin Centre 24, avenue de Feuillasse, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland at 17h30 on February 14th and spend just one hour of your time dancing to raise awareness by participating. So, levons-nous et dansons contre la violence et pour la dignité!

To join in you have to sign up here, there is also a Facebook event.

 

 


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Story of the Week/News from the UN/Photography I grew up in Oxford, England. I have been living in Geneva for about two years and I am always discovering new and exciting things. I studied History at the University of Kent and since then have been specializing in writing and photography. I will be featuring some of my photos on the Biskotti website! I will be writing the feature piece about Geneva as well as a section on News from the United Nations to keep you up to date with international goings on!


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