Since we believe that 14 February is more about gender equality and respect for individuals than heart-shaped candies and roses, we’re going to be spending this Valentines Day rising against sexual violence.

In short: WILPF is joining One Billion Rising. Here’s why you should too.

The One Billion Rising campaign

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the global activist movement, V-Day, which aims to end violence against women and girls.

To mark this day, WILPF is joining V-Day’s One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign, which calls on one billion women and men to rise against sexual violence.

The “billion” refers to the United Nations statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. Pretty scary.

The OBR campaign unites women and men in solidarity across borders, speaking out against sexual violence through social media and local events.

WILPF has earlier participated in the OBR campaign, and we’d love for you to join us again this year.

Rise to demand an end to sexual violence

WILPF works to end sexual violence by analysing the root causes of war through a gender perspective.

We’ve been doing this for 100 years now.

That’s why this year, our participation in the OBR campaign is more important to us than ever, and we’re joining as #WSW2015 – the Women’s Power to Stop War movement.

Rise by joining the Women’s Power to Stop War movement

To commemorate 100 years of our existence, WILPF is facilitating the WSW movement and WILPF 2015 Conference in April in The Hague.

If you’re passionate about OBR, this might just be up your street.

To demand an end to sexual violence, join the Women’s Power to Stop War movement, which is all about strengthening peacebuilding from a gender perspective.

If you’re interested in learning more about sexual violence in conflict, amongst many other themes, be sure to sign up for the WILPF 2015 Conference.

Don’t forget to let us know how you are rising today!