FAQ

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ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

  • What is One Billion Rising Revolution?
  • When is One Billion Rising Revolution?
  • Why Revolution?
  • Why February?
  • Why “One Billion”?
  • Why dance?
  • Is One Billion Rising the same thing as V-Day?
  • Is One Billion Rising limited to women’s groups and the women’s
    movement?

ORGANIZING YOUR EVENT

  • What are the guidelines to produce a One Billion Rising Revolution event?
  • How should I RISE?
  • Where should I RISE?
  • What should my first steps be?
  • How does my organization join?
  • How do I edit my event? 
  • How do I pay for this?

BREAK THE CHAIN – Anthem

  • Is “Break the Chain” the same this year, or will it be different each year?
  • Is “Break the Chain” free to use? 

RISINGS & V-DAY EVENTS

  • What is the difference between a V-Day benefit event & a One Billion Rising Revolution event?
  • How do I sign up for a V-Day benefit event?
  • If I’ve signed up for One Billion Rising Revolution, am I authorized to stage “The Vagina Monologues”? 
  • How/where do I share the plans and results of my event?

GLOBAL COORDINATORS

  • What are Global Coordinators?

LOGOS & MERCHANDISE

  • Am I allowed to use the One Billion Rising Revolution logo on my advertisements? 
  • Can I create my own merchandise?

ONE BILLION RISING in 2013 & 2014

  • What was One Billion Rising 2013 & 2014

HOW TO’s:

  • Document & Stream Your Rising >
  • Organize A Flash Mob >

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Q. WHAT is One Billion Rising Revolution?

A. One Billion Rising Revolution is an escalation of the first two stages of our campaign – One Billion Rising and One Billion Rising for Justice. The last two years we’ve mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women. The campaign highlighted the fact that violence against women is a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion, further exposing it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world.

This year we must create a radical shift in consciousness, we must be braver, bolder and more creative and determined to bring about CHANGE.

LEARN how change can happen at “The Campaign” >

Q. WHEN is One Billion Rising Revolution?

A. One Billion Rising Revolution will take place on or around 14 February 2015.

Q. Why Revolution?


A. This year we must go further. We must go all the way and make the change.
We must create REVOLUTION. We’ve danced. We’ve demanded justice. Now we are demanding CHANGES. And only a radical shift in consciousness, and braver, bolder and more creative and determined actions can bring about CHANGE.

Q. Why 14 February?

A. V-Day was born on 14 February 1998. In the past 17 years, tens of thousands of V-Day events have taken place all over the world, raising funds and awareness for local groups and organizations working to end violence against women and girls. At V-Day we have the outrageous idea that we can end violence against women, and though we have seen many victories over the years, the violence is still prevalent and impunity still reigns. One Billion Rising Revolution is a necessary escalation in our global efforts to end the violence.

Q. Why “One Billion”?

A. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

That is ONE BILLION WOMEN. In 2013 & 2014, one billion women and men shook the earth through dance and a call for justice and an end violence against women and girls. This year, on or around 14 February 2015 we are calling on women and men everywhere to harness their power and imagination to RISE FOR REVOLUTION.

Q. Why dance?

A. Dancing is defiance. It is joyous and raging. It is contagious and free and beyond corporate or state control. We have only begun to dance.

Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Dancing allows us to come back into our bodies as individuals and groups and a world, it connects our feet to the earth and inspires us to move to her rhythms. It allows us to go further, to include everyone, to tap into a revolutionary and poetic energy which is inviting us to take the lid off the patriarchal container releasing more of our wisdom, our self love. our sexuality, our compassion, and fierceness.

Q: Is One Billion Rising the same thing as V-Day?
A. No. One Billion Rising is a campaign that grew out of V-Day and has
become an autonomous movement of self-determined activists and local
communities on the ground. It is by the people and for the people, and
driven by people. It is an energy and a catalyst that uses art and
activism to raise awareness, to mobilise, to engage, to educate, to
incite, to awaken and to inspire. As we saw with thousands of Risings last
February, it is housed in 200 countries around the world.

Q: Is One Billion Rising limited to women’s groups and the women’s
movement?
A.No, definitely not. As we saw in the past two years of the Risings –
other movements joined in the call and brought the issues they have been
advocating for in, highlighting the intersecting issues that perpetuate
and sustain violence. The LGBTQI movement in countries all over the
world joined the call, as did the Environmental activists, the Peace
activists, the Developmental Justice activists on issues of land, trade
etc, as well as the incarceration movement, among many others.

ORGANIZING YOUR EVENT

Q. What are the guidelines to produce a One Billion Rising Revolution event?

A. Make sure you and everyone involved are signed up at onebillionrising.org. Organize a gathering in your community on or around 14 February 2014. Make it as large and disruptive as you can to highlight the urgency of our demand. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless. There are not set rules. Envision revolution and go from there!

Q. How should I RISE?

A. . One Billion Rising Revolution is a call to survivors and their allies to break the silence and rise in any way you feel best represents the releasing of your story and the call for your revolution. You can rise politically, outrageously, artistically – through dance, art, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies, and other ways that best express your outrage, your need, your desire, and your joy. Rise for Revolution YOUR way.

Q. Where should I RISE?

A. . One Billion Rising Revolution is a call to rise for your revolution. This can be anywhere from court houses to your place of employment; police stations to your own home; places of worship to school administration buildings, or even simply in a public gathering space. Regardless of the location, it is vitally important that you gather safely so please research the specific rules, laws, and potential permits needed for a public gathering in the location of your choice.

Q. What should my first step be?

A. Sign up at our Sign Up page, register your event at Plan Your Event and then gather your team. Reach out to other organizations and strategize how you will all mobilize your networks. Find like-minded members in your community to help you create a memorable event.

Q. How does my organization join?

A. If you are joining the campaign as an organization and want to host a RISING, please email Monique Wilson (monique(@)onebillionrising.org), and include your organization’s name and contact details.

Q. How do I edit my event?

A. If you already have an event listed but need to change information, go to the events page and click on “manage your events.” You will need to sign in using the email address and password you created when initially listing your event. You will have the ability to edit your event title, description, location, date and time. You will not be able to edit your account/profile name.

Q. How do I pay for this?


A. One Billion Rising Revolution events don’t have to be expensive. We recognize that funds are sometimes needed for venue hire, publicity, materials, etc. If you need to raise money, look for local resources whenever possible. Appeal to local businesses to donate their time and services to the cause. Work cooperatively, create strategies using social networks or crowd sourcing to co-finance. Work with collective ideas or hold fundraising events leading up to your Revolution.

BREAK THE CHAIN – Anthem

Q. Is “Break the Chain” the same this year, or will it be different each year?

A. “Break The Chain” is still the anthem for One Billion Rising events this year, however we are ALSO encouraging all countries and communities to write your own Rising songs using your cultural sounds, instruments and languages.

Q. Is “Break The Chain” free to use?


A. “Break The Chain” is free to use from V-Day and One Billion Rising – but you will have to check local laws on licensing for your specific country to see if that applies.

RISINGS & V-DAY EVENTS

Q. What is the difference between a V-Day benefit event and a One Billion Rising Revolution event?

A. An official V-Day event is a benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” or “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer.” These events take place annually during the month of February. A One Billion Rising Revolution event is global action occurring on or around 14 February 2015. Every 2015 V-Day event will promote One Billion Rising Revolution, and we encourage One Billion Rising activists to sign up to host a V-Day event.

Q. How do I sign up for a V-Day benefit event?

A. You can apply to organize a V-Day benefit event at the V-Spot. Once a member of the V-Team contacts you with the go ahead, you will gain access to the scripts and many other organizer materials to help you bring a V-Day benefit event to your school or community.

Q. If I’ve signed up for One Billion Rising Revolution, am I authorized to stage “The Vagina Monologues”?

A. No. You must apply separately to host a V-Day benefit event and be granted the rights to “The Vagina Monologues.” Fill out an application by going to vspot.vday.org

Q. How/where do I share the plans and results of my event?

A. You can share them on the global site: onebillionrising.org – or if your country, city or community has One Billion Rising Revolution social media pages – you can share it there!

GLOBAL COORDINATORS

Q. What are Global Coordinators?

A. ONE BILLION RISING Coordinators are activists around the world who are engaging their communities, their cities, their countries, and their regions to be a part of One Billion Rising Revolution. As long-time activists and V-Day organizers working to end violence against women and girls, they have the skills, the networks and the ability to help guide local organizations, individuals, lawyers, unions, alliances, and networks in their efforts to be part of the campaign. Most coordinated efforts in their countries and regions for One Billion Rising 2013 & 2014. These Coordinators, together with their network groups, took the lead in their own countries and communities on how to envision and implement the campaign and did an outstanding job of highlighting their local contexts within the campaign. Please be in touch with them to help you strategize, create and promote your One Billion Rising Revolution campaigns.

LEARN more & MEET the Global Coordinators >

LOGOS & MERCHANDISE

Q. Am I allowed to use the One Billion Rising Revolution Logo on my advertisements and on social media? A. YES, though it is not mandatory please consider using the One Billion Rising Revolution logo on all of your materials. You are able to add your own city/ country to the logo. You are welcome to use the logo for social media pages you create.

Q. Can I create my own merchandise?

A. YES! Merchandise is available in most areas through our One Billion Rising Revolution Online Spreadshirt Store, however in many cases it will be cheaper for you to print merchandise locally.

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ONE BILLION RISING 2013 & 2014

Q. What was One Billion Rising 2013 & 2014?

A. 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. On 14 February 2013, people across the world 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. In 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. 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.

HOW TO’s:

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