There is a trauma that stabs my gut every time I wake up to hear the news of another inconceivable crime against women. The voices of my sisters, dead and alive rise in my throat in a chorus of suffering, fear and rage. Mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, wives: one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.

There is a trauma that poisons my mind every time I see another image that exploits and promotes the abuse, torture and murder of women. As a screenwriter, I cannot count how many times have I have been encouraged to pen amongst the most lucrative of scripts: The Woman in Peril. That’s entertainment. I often wonder if anything has changed.

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There is a trauma that scars my self-love every time  I see a compulsively thin or surgically modified body starved for love and whole food. And I’m not talking Third World.

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There is a trauma that stains my privileged life in the West because my advantage is pure luck and my freedom is skin-deep. When, in varying degrees, my sisters all over the planet are subjugated and enslaved, how can I possibly feel free? Can you?

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American playwright and global activist Eve Ensler’s luck ran out when her father raped her. So this feminist super-hero took her pain and fury and transformed it into art and activism, from the Vagina Monologues (translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries), to the creation of V-Day; a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

Out of this- One Billion Rising was born- an international campaign that will peak this V-Day February 14th, 2013, as women (and yes, men) all over the world defy the injustice; strike, dance, rise up and demand change. One Billion Rising is crack PR; raising public awareness, helping to transform how men see and treat women, and how we see and treat ourselves. All together now, let’s spread the word.

Click here for a list of events in your area, or create your own. I’ll be dancing my ass off with friends in my living room. What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?

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Photo of Eve Ensler by Brigitte Lacombe

Click here and take the One Billion Rising Pledge.

Click here to see this post on the front-page of Montreal’s arts-happy online mag- The Rover

Two Burns the Fire related posts:

Hear Me Roar                  Vagina Dialogues

More posts about the joy of dance!

Love and Dance               Set Yourself Free           Dulcinea’s Lament

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