Published: 28 February 2013

We want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who seized the moment, contacted their representatives, and ROSE for VAWA! The inclusive, bi-partisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act passed today and it would not have been possible without YOUR support, outrage, emails, flash mobs, tweets, posts, events, telephone calls, leadership, and action!

Our heartfelt thanks to all the women’s leaders and groups who worked to make this happen. Special shout out to our One Billion Rising/NOW coordinator Pat Reuss!

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NEXT UP: RISE for International Women’s Day, 8 March!

Our dance steps on 14 February shook the world. And this week our action steps helped pass VAWA in the House. Now let’s continue this momentum and use the power of ONE BILLION RISING to celebrate International Women’s Day and focus our strength on issues affecting women and girls on a local level.

We invite you all to find out what local issues could benefit from your One Billion Rising energy and create an action that brings attention to ending violence against women in your community.

Keep your dancing shoes on and create a flashmob to raise awareness about FGM, turn those dance steps into action steps and tackle local legislation, hold a fundraiser for a local organization or service, there are so many ways that you can get out and RISE on International Women’s Day.