ONE BILLION RISING: Luther College joins global campaign to stop violence against women and girls

Feb. 14 to be V-Day's largest day of action ever

On Feb. 14 Luther College's Women and gender studies department 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 Feb. 14 V-Day's 15th anniversary, Luther 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.

Luther students Gracie Coletta and Grace Swanson along with Luther alumna Amy Chicos and Jane Hawley, Luther professor of dance, have planned a daylong schedule of events to coincide with the national ONE BILLION RISING movement.

·      9-10 a.m. Council Practice in the Center for Women and Gender Equality, a non-heirarchical group communication method

·      10-11 a.m. Singing for the Rising in the Center for the Arts Atrium, includes simple, guided singing

·      12:30-12:45 p.m. Walking for the Rising on the Preus Library Lawn, for anyone who wants to stand up for women rising

·      12:45-2:30 p.m. This Radiant Place in Studio I of the Center for the Arts (CFA 121), a guided movement class for all abilities. Participants should wear comfortable clothes

·      2:30-4 p.m. Council Practice in the Center for Women and Gender Equality, a non-heirarchical group communication method

·      4:15-5:30 p.m. Imaging A New Rising in the Center for Women and Gender Equality, a guided workshop for creative consciousness rising

·      5:30-6:30 p.m. Break-The-Chain Dance in the Center for the Arts Atrium, guided dance for all abilities

·      7:30-9 p.m. "HAPPY" in the Franklin W. Olin building, Room 102, film

"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 Feb. 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up."

In addition to the ONE BILLION RISING events, the college will host the annual production of "The Vagina Monologues" the following week. Performances will be held in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.

To learn more about V‑Day Luther College, call (563) 387-1865 or email the organization at vdayluthercollege@gmail.com. To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org