One Billion Rising is a V-Day worldwide campaign to end violence against women. I rose because I was raped and now had the inner strength, opportunity and collective support to end the silence and share my story. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls because 1 in every 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten during their lifetime. I rose because I am 1 of the 3 women to experience this violence. I rose because it helped me and others continue the healing process. I rose with 200 countries signed up to participate along with world leaders, celebrities, organizations and activists ready to Strike, Dance, and Rise because it was time to say, “Enough! The violence must end.”
NOTE: The “V” in V-Day means Victory, Valentine and Vagina.
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.