TWWI Joins Global Campaign – One Billion Rising – To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Contact: Bianca Martinez


February 14, 2013 to be V-Day’s Largest Day of Action Ever

(NEW YORK, NY): On February 14, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST, The Women Worldwide Initiative will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

ONE BILLION RISING 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 February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, The Women Worldwide Initiative will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

LOVE, LIGHT & LYRICS – a One Billion Rising event

The Women Worldwide Initiative will host the event, Love, Light & Lyrics, at New York cultural and arts icon, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side on February 14, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST. The evening will be hosted by Lynx Garcia and feature spoken word artists, poets and hip hop artists from the community who will rise up and speak out to end gender-based violence. “This event, on Valentine’s Day, will be our community’s call to spread love and end violence,” says Founder and Executive Director, Uraidah Hassani. Artists will include: Maria Aponte, Nene Ali, Arielle John, Katherine George, True, and Jani Rose.

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About The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative is a fiscally sponsored organization of Subud International Cultural Association with the mission to CONNECT, INSPIRE and EDUCATE women and girls on a global scale through mentorship programs, social change projects, and awareness campaigns. TWWI is dedicated to youth development, and cultural and economic empowerment of women and girls in low-income communities in New York City and developing countries. Learn more:

About One Billion Rising
One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION WOMEN violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On 14th February 2013, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers and our solidarity across borders. Join V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING today and SAY NO to violence against women and girls. To sign up and learn more, visit

About V-Day
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologuesand other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. V-Day’s newest campaign is ONE BILLION RISING which will culminate on 021413 with a global action worldwide.

To learn more about The Women Worldwide Initiative, call (347) 527-0967 or e-mail the organization at To learn more about V Day and its campaigns visit

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