Dear One Billion Risers for Justice,

We write to you one month before 14 February, the actual day we will rise and dance for Justice. But we all know One Billion Rising for Justice is clearly not just a day. It is a campaign, a strategy, a determination, a new energy. It is months of preparation, investigation, and collaboration. It is the careful, conscious work of building a coalition, inviting new activists, and acknowledging those who have been on the frontlines for years. It is envisioning and writing new laws and legislation. It is breaking the silence, releasing our stories, naming and identifying injustices, creating demands, organizing forums and panels and events, as well as writing songs and poems and plays, and making videos. It is identifying the places where we will rise. It is learning about our sisters’ struggles around the world and making them our own. It is bringing the most marginalized to the front. It is the grassroots leading the way. It is men joining and standing with us. It is acknowledging the places of intersection. It is a decision, a vision of the world where the bodies of women and the body of our mother earth are honored and cherished and safe and held sacred. It is trust. It is expanding our identities and wounds to include the others. It is a fierce refusal to undermine or attack or diminish, but to take the time to find the language to express our grievances and frustrations, with the belief that each one of us in this struggle is on a path of evolution and revolution, wounded, broken, and doing our best. It is a wild energy that says Yes. Freedom is possible. Unity is Possible. Everything is possible. It is a Rising – dissolving borders, edges, separations. It is love, an unstoppable wave of love and justice.

Let’s Rise and not stop Rising. Let’s blow the lid off the old story and Dance into the new one.

Rise, Release, Dance for Justice!


Monique Wilson, One Billion Rising Director

Rada Boric
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia

Khushi Kabir

Berry Heart

Dianne Madray
Caribbean: Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago

Marsha Pamela Lopez
Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama. South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela

Christine Schuler-Deschryver
Democratic Republic of Congo

Ines Eichmuller, Karin Heisecke, Ivana Smith

Abdul Karim

Anne-christine d’Adesky

Elena Montorsi, Nico Corradini, Nicoletta Billi

Karabo Tshikube, Rosie Motene
Johannesburg, South Africa

Andy Kawa
Johannesburg /Eastern Cape, South Africa

Naomi Mwaura

Adela Ramakau, Mathamkaze Ramaili

Mbachi Joyce Ng’oma

Andres Naime

Mily Trevino-Sauceda
Mexico/ USA farmers

Frieda Karipi

Amy Oyekunle

Nighat Rizvi, Sajjad Akbar

Iman Aoun

Jason Day

Fartuun Adan

Kamla Bhasin, Abha Bhaiya
South Asia: Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri-Lanka

Monique Wilson
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende
Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia,

Fahima Hashim

Colani Hlatjwako

Rossana Abueva, Thea Tadiar

Pat Reuss
USA (DC/ National Organization of Women)

Marya Meyer
USA (Miami)

Delia Cohen
USA (prisons)

Lindsey Horvath
USA (West Hollywood)

Isatou Touray
West Africa: The Gambia, La Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone

Zubeida Shaik
West Cape, South Africa

Sampa Wilkie

Nyasha Sengayi

V (formerly Eve Ensler)
And the V-Day team – Susan, Cecile, Christine, Purva, Shael, Tony, Kate, Amy, Laura, Carl, Joliz, Noelle, & Kristina