We had barely made it through January when the media, restaurant trade, hospitality business and everyone else were already gearing up for Valentine’s Day. The Day when we’re supposed to celebrate ❤️, be it the romantic, platonic, BFF, or parental kind…as if we all need a prompt to tell each other ‘I love You’! Personally, I am on team ‘Every day is Valentine’s Day’, but hey, the flower industry seems to like February 14th.
I just wish as much attention was given to the other V-Day: the global activist movement and non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organisations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. Every year, February 14th is the starting day of V-Season.
’20 years since Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, the stakes could not be higher. V-Day is a movement that grew out of the untold stories of women. We believe women. We believe in their right to tell their stories and we believe their stories need to be heard – nothing is more powerful. The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence). With creativity and determination, V-activists around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.’
‘1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.’
Now in its 7th year, ‘One Billion Rising’ is more relevant than ever. We can all contribute and support these wonderful initiatives honoring those girls and women less fortunate than us.
This year’s Cyprus Rising event took place on February 10, but we can all still spread the word, get involved and find out more. Locally here on our island, get in touch with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and the Cyprus Women’s Lobby
For more information on the other V-Day and the amazing work done by the organisations: