ONE BILLION RISING GLOBAL COORDINATORS and teams worldwide ushered in the 2022 # 1BillionRising season with OVER 70 COUNTRIES rising via hundreds of creative resistance events on the ground and online making the connection between how we treat the bodies of women and how we treat the earth .
FUELED BY RISING NEW VOICES IN THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN ’ S FREEDOM AND A LIVABLE PLANET , V-DAY ACTIVISTS SPRANG INTO ACTION THIS YEAR ACROSS ALL OF OUR CAMPAIGNS .
With the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban , City of Knowledge was shut , but activists came together and rose online and in the streets with and for the WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN in September , showing solidarity with our Afghan sisters until the violence stops .
AT CITY OF JOY IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO , our 21st class graduated , turning their pain into power that is fueling change across a nation . 1734 survivors have graduated to date . They are change makers , celebrating their victory over trauma , thriving women who are determined to heal .
V-DAY SAFE HOUSE FOR THE GIRLS IN NAROK COUNTY , KENYA , is celebrating its 20th year as girls unabashedly broke taboos , rejecting Female Genital Mutilation and Early Childhood Marriage , redirecting their lives and those of their communities ’ through education and change .
V-Day ’ s newest project , VOICES , is emerging , centering Black women ’ s voices from across the Diaspora and reflecting an incredible selection from over 900 submissions received .
THE FOLLOWING PAGES WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE PAST YEAR IN OUR MOVEMENT , a year filled with new art and profound change . Our global movement – fueled by the loyal , determined activists who RISE with One Billion Rising , turn pain to power at the City of Joy , and continue to support and uplift V-Day through a multitude of creative resistances – is stronger than ever after 25 years . Our gratitude for your partnership and collaboration . It truly means the world to us .
In solidarity , V ( formerly Eve Ensler ) & Susan Celia Swan