One Billion Rising Antwerp

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

Today is V-Day,  a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls inspired by Eve Ensler, the writer of the Vagina Monologues. The movement founded One Billion Rising, a global protest campaign celebrated in over 200 countries to end violence, and promote justice and gender equality for women.

The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Also in Belgium women and men came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.  Despite the cold and rain, Antwerp joined in with a flashmob of a dance which today will be performed around the world.

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

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