Valentine’s Day isn’t just candy hearts, cute cupcakes and Hallmark cards. If you take into account the statistic that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, you are left with the staggering reality that over 1 billion women on our planet will be impacted by violence. In every country, every neighborhood, maybe even every family.
What’s a girl to do? Well, this week, Thelma thinks you should dance! Join the V-Day revolution called ONE BILLION RISING. The promise and premise? That on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, millions of women and men will gather to dance and demand an end to violence against women and girls. V-Day, founded by Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues fame, is a 15 year old global activist movement and the leading organizer of ONE BILLION RISING.
Yes, dance! Sign up or Watch a Rising here Why Dance? It breaks the rules. Remember Footloose? Dancing can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone. Or alone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. Dancing joins people together. Like laughter, it’s contagious and spreads quickly. In some places, women will dance to take back control of their lives. In others, women will risk their lives to dance. Start or stage a Rising. Dance for Malala Yousafzai. Dance for India. Rise for a world where women are safe, free, equal and cherished.
If you can’t dance, spread the word. Sign Up. Read More. Watch the V-Day short film – it’s disturbing (violence/abuse), it’s 3 minutes long, and it will leave a lasting impression. Watch it here.
So, Thelma thinks we should all do something different for Valentine’s Day – let’s help shake the earth!
Thelma Says…Shake It, Baby. Strike. Dance Rise!