Did you know that one in three females are raped and beaten in their lifetime ~ means with the world population that is ONE BILLION females and girls…staggering isn’t it? Sadly I was one of those victims – raped by two men then beaten by an ex-husband several years later. Look around while you are reading this as it could also have happened to someone else you know. This is a worldwide concern that finally a campaign was launched on Valentine’s Day 2012 ~ people coming together all over the world to make this issue an end to violence against women. Something that as a person and not just as a victim feel very strongly as I hope each of you will join for a few moments and visit the Sim OBR http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/OBR%20Rise/186/186/24
Last year in over 200 countries Events took place in 200 countries, where women, men, and youth came together to Rise, Release, and Dance outside of court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.
Whats this mean in Second Life? Another means to bring attention to this powerful yet much needed campaign to stop and put an end to violence. A huge area has been set up that you can walk around and see various builds dedicated to this. There is also various events that will be ongoing all day tomorrow ~ between music, dance and various readings please take a moment to at least stop in and take in what is being done ~ come be a part of “One Billion Rising ~ there will be free tshirts to commemorate this event.
We are rising for one day, but organizations around the world work every day for change.
This is only a small selection of people working to end violence against women and girls. More resources can be found on the One Billion Rising organization’s list of who is participating in the rising – http://onebillionrising.org/
We can make a change