February 14 – a day for love, right? Not for the one in three women around the world who will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.
Nor the one in five who are phoning police every day to report domestic violence. Or the two women a week being killed as a result of violence at home.
The statistics are horrifying. But change is on the horizon…
A revolutionary project – the One Billion and Rising campaign – is aiming to ensure every woman feels loved, by ensuring anyone who experiences violence and sexual abuse gets justice. Events are taking place across the UK today – including London’s Trafalgar Square – to raise awareness of the issue.
And you can show your support by going along and joining the uprising... by dancing.
‘It’s about men and women rising together’, says Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper who is backing the campaign. ‘It’s about opening people’s eyes to the terrible abuse that no one should have to put up with.’
Currently, many women are even too scared to report attacks, adds Yvette Cooper. ‘The number of rapes being reported to police is rising but the number of prosecutions is still falling year on year.’
‘What’s wrong with the law is that women didn’t make it’, adds Baroness Helena Kennedy, who also backs the campaign. ‘The law is ‘man-made’ so doesn’t reflect the experience of women’s lives.’
The first One Billion and Rising day took place last year, spanning 200 countries and including 10,000 events.
This year’s is set to be even bigger, so find your local event here.
And follow the One Billion and Rising on Twitter, @OBRUK_1