One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising is an international movement in 189 countries to demand an end to violence against women. On February 14th in the Newcomb Ballroom, Spectrum Theatre and the UVA Women’s Center are proudly sponsoring a rising in Charlottesville. There will be music, dancing, artwork, self defense lessons, a resource fair and free food! This is a chance to celebrate the women in our community and to demand an end to domestic and sexual violence here and abroad. We have an entire week of events going on! There will be chances for artwork, dance, education and a celebration of a supportive community.

To learn more about One Billion Rising, visit their website

All of the proceeds go to charity: 90% to the White Ribbon

The White Ribbon Campaign proudly supports the UVA Women’s Center


The following were events that were scheduled in 2013:

Monday, Feb. 11th: Open Mic Night, Para Coffee, 7-9 pm, FREE

Come celebrate the rising of women against sexual violence by performing at the V-Day Open Mic Night. We are looking for singers, musicians, poets, actors, etc. Whatever your talent showcase it here!

Tuesday, Feb. 12th: Very Young Girls, UVA Runk Green Room, 7 pm, FREE

Join us while we view Very Young Girls and discuss the state of human trafficking in the world today. This event is focused on the national impact of human trafficking.

Wednesday, Feb. 13th: Angela Davis Presents: Date Rape in For The Colored Girls, UVA Runk Green Room, 6 pm, FREE

A discussion on date and acquaintance rape in our culture today led by retired University Professor Angela Davis as seen through the lens of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Thursday, Feb. 14th: One Billion Rising UVA Newcomb Ballroom, 11 am-6 pm, FREE

One Billion Rising is an international movement in 189 countries to demand an end to violence against women. There will be music, dancing, artwork and free food! This is a chance to celebrate the women in our community and to demand an end to domestic and sexual violence here and abroad.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17th: The Vagina Monologues, UVA Chemistry Auditorium, 8 pm, Tickets: $5

A series of monologues based on Eve Ensler’s interviews with thousands of women. These stories range from funny to heartbreaking— giving a full spectrum of women’s experiences. All proceeds go to benefit the White Ribbon Campaign at UVA and Women and Girls of Haiti.



Those events are not the only ones! Check out some of the other events that will be going that week, sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center:

What is a Community of Trust? A Public Conversation about Gender Violence at U.Va., Thursday, February 7, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Ern Commons

How do we end gender violence at the University? Gina Maisto Smith, JD, an expert in university policy related to sexual misconduct, and Dorothy Edwards, PhD, expert in prevention of gender violence, will lead a public conversation about ending gender violence at the University. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a discussion of how the University can be a national leader in ending gender violence. All members of the University and greater community are invited to attend. Opening remarks by President Teresa Sullivan.

Co-sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Endorsed by FIFE, SALC, SAPA, SAFE, One in Four, the White Ribbon Campaign, Student Council, Honor Committee, Women’s Center, Faculty Senate, Shelter for Help in Emergency and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

“Guy Fi: The Fictions that Rule Men’s Lives” Christopher Kilmartin, Ph.D., Feb. 13, 7-8:30 pm in Minor Hall 124

Dr. Christopher Kilmartin is a college professor, author, stand-up comedian, actor, playwright, consultant and professional psychologist. He is a professor of Psychology at The University of Mary Washington and serves as a consultant on gender based violence issues with businesses, college students, human services workers, athletic departments, the military, and counselors. His major scholarly work includes The Masculine Self; Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism; The Pain behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression and Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender. This multi-media storytelling/lecture hybrid incorporates both humor and serious thought to address the gender ideologies that pressure men to behave and experience the self in certain ways, some of which lead to problems such as educational underachievement, relationship difficulties, homophobia and violence. Dr. Kilmartin challenges his audiences to critically think about the difficulties of resisting a pressure that one cannot name, and how educating men about masculine pressures can position them to resist influences that may conflict with life goals and/or contribute to hurting another person.

Pornography and Masculinity: The Production and Consumption of Inequality

We live in a culture in which violence and aggression are normative aspects of idealized masculinity, in which pornography functions as a core component of most boys and young men’s gender and sexual socialization, and in which levels of men’s violence against women reach pandemic levels. In a frank and honest discussion, Dr. Matt Ezzell, Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University, will explore the ways these things are connected.

When: Friday, February 15th, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM (bring your lunch, light refreshments will be provided)

Where: Open Grounds (on the Corner, across from Qdoba and the White Spot, next to the Women’s Center)

Please RSVP and direct any questions to Emily Loranger,

Sign up to join the international rising today!

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Here is what we’ve done so far….

First, had our interest meeting in tandem with over 180 participating countries world wide.

We held auditions and interviews for the Vagina Monologues and One Billion Rising organizer positions.

A cool poster was created….

… and we had our first major organizer’s meeting.


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