15 Feb

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One out of three women on the planet will be beaten or raped in their lifetime—that’s over a billion women who will experience some type of gender-based violence, according to the United Nations. On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, people in 205 countries across the globe took to the streets dancing in an attempt to increase awareness of the realities faced by women and girls as part of the One Billion Rising project.

One Billion Rising stems from the work of an organization called V-day that was founded in 1998 by Eve Ensler, author of the award-winning play The Vagina Monologues. Every  Valentine’s Day since, Ensler’s group has allowed theater groups around the world to hold a production of the Monologues, while encouraging people to hold events promoting equal rights for women.

(MORE: Senate Approves Act to Limit Violence Against Women)

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