One Billion Rising: Raising awareness of the world's most pervasive human rights violation - violence against women

It is estimated that over one billion women today have been or will be the victims of gender-based violence. The violence is indiscriminate and crosses borders, affecting women not only in developing countries, but also in the developed world, with 1 in 3 Australian women over the age of 15 experiencing some form of violence in their lifetimes. Eve Ensler, who delivered last year's annual lecture, is calling for a global strike on 14th February 2013 - an invitation to dance; a call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends; an act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers; a refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given; and a new time and a new way of being. Events are being held in over 170 countries, with the aim of getting one billion people to strike, dance, rise. See onebillionrising.org for an event near you.