Violence against women and girls is a global crisis, an international shame. I’ve written about the V-Day organization (founded by Eve Ensler), and their One Billion Rising action on February 14, featuring “Break the Chain,” here. Between now and February 14, I’ll post videos related to that project.

First, from One Billion Rising, about the “Break the Chain” project: (emphasis added)

“˜Break the Chain’ aims to raise awareness around the world about V-Day’s fastest escalating global campaign to date, ONE BILLION RISING. The ONE BILLION RISING campaign 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 14 February 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

Below, from One Billion Rising: Robert Redford on why he is joining Eve Ensler’s campaign:

I included lyrics in the original post, along with other details about V-Day and the One Billion Rising project. Below is the project’s Break the Chain video.

(1 Billion Rising via One Billion Rising)