“I don’t think you’re really living unless you’re giving” – Thandie Newton
“One out of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.” That’s one in three sisters, mothers, and daughters. Unthinkable. Unconscionable. Tragic, but true. V-Day’s “One Billion Rising” campaign is working to open our eyes and move us to rise against the never ending violence perpetrated against women. Last night, supporters of V-Day gathered to see “London Rising.” Thandie touched the audience with a heartfelt reading of “Over It,” Eve Ensler’s cutting essay that provides a multitude of perspectives on the problem of rape and injustice in the world. The essay is filled with insightful statements. In one example that caught my attention, Ensler asks of the “passivity of good men” who “… live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us? Why aren’t you driven to the point of madness and action by the rape and humiliation of us?” Incidentally, Eve Ensler is also the founder of V-Day. You can watch Ensler’s own reading of her essay on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!”
The agenda for the evening was a cocktail of music and dance from around the world, including a finale of a flash mob dancing to the “One Billion Rising” dance theme “Break Chain.” Special guests included Thandie Newton, musician Anoushka Shankar, and Ensler, who read her latest monologue “Rising.”
Earlier in the day, Thandie also made a stop over at ITV to talk about the One Billion Rising campaign and her work with V-Day.
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