1 in 3 need you. An invitation to support our daughters around the globe.

The other day I stopped in a convenience store to pick up an energy bar for lunch. I grabbed one from the box labeled “chocolate chip” but when i got to the car and opened it and took a bite, it was white chocolate macademian nut. When my husband asked what I had for lunch, I mumbled this to him, and he mumbled back, “third world tragedies.” As much as I wanted to smack him for the joking dig, he was right and I knew it. Trust me, the great power bar mix up did not affect or ruin my day, but often times we let simple inconveniences do just that. Traffic. Unfriendly store clerks. No wi-fi signal. Whatever. We are foolish to let them ruin our day. 

 

 

I’ve been thinking a great deal about this lately as I’m reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide with some friends. Per the author’s website, the book is is “a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.” As fearful as our group of women (myself certainly included)  were to read it (and we have some fierce and hard working and fearless chicks in this group), it has been eye opening like little else I have read. There are too many stories to detail here about countless girls (young girls) and women who face unthinkable violence, oppression, and lack of opportunity around the globe. Their stories and their faces have stuck with me. And when I find myself irriated about a dumb protein bar, I cringe at myself and my silly irritation!

 

 

Here at Milestones and Miracles, we write about children, of development, and about parenting or supporting those who parent. Over the past few years, I have grown increasingly aware that as mothers and fathers, and grandparents, and aunts, and uncles, and friends…we are called to support not only our own biological children but children and parents around the globe. 

 

 

1 in 3 women on this planet will be raped or beaten in her life time. Yes, many of these are in the developing world, but many are right here at home. Friends. Sisters. Daughters. Lacy & I each have two daughters. If we lived in certain areas of our world, other girls would be sacrificed as sex slaves so that “good girls” like ours, would be safe. And this would all be accepted by our neighbors and friends. (Impossible to believe. I know.) Because we believe that ALL girls are GOOD GIRLS and because EVERY GIRL deserves the opportunities that our daughters are fortunate to have, we wanted to dedicate this blog to let you know about ONE BILLION RISING.

 

One Billion Rising is a multi-national event held on February 14th (yes, Valentine’s day – what better day to show LOVE like this?) where women and those who love them DANCE to raise awareness.  Per their website: 

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 across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

 

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

ONE BILLION RISING IS:

A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being


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 across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

 

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

ONE BILLION RISING IS:

A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

 

 

You can go to One Billion Rising’s Website to find an event to DANCE at next week! If you are local, we welcome you to join us at the Winchester, VA event. Bring your daughters to let them know they are loved and that they deserve real and good love. Bring your sons so they will know how to one day love in that way. Bring yourself…if you believe that all daughters…everywhere deserve your support. 

 

 

 

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