Thandie rises to stop violence against women

London Rising, photos source: lazy (Rex features)

“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.

photos source: and REX features

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2 Responses to Thandie rises to stop violence against women

  1. SomeBloke says:

    The idea that intimate partner violence is something men do to women is proven by decades of research to be false. The science is well-established, but the myth persists. Violence is a big problem, but characterising it in this gender-based manner is unhelpful and damaging.

    • Jeen says:

      Hi SomeBloke,

      Thanks for your comment. If you look below the surface of Eve Ensler’s words, you will find an echo of the emotions felt by victims of violence as they struggle with pain, helplessness, frustration, anger, and so many of the burdens they must bear. It is these emotions that I was hoping to amplify through my post. I believe that the proper solution to many of the problems we face is education. And, I am talking about education in the broadest sense and education that starts from the very beginning when our sons and daughters are born. This is how humanity will reach enlightenment and as a consequence, liberation from violence of all forms. I am hoping that the power of the emotions behind Ensler’s essay will help propel us towards education. I know your intent was to educate as well. Thanks again for sharing. As I reflect on your comments, Socrates comes to mind:

      “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”


      “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

      But, most of all

      “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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