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V-Day Launches One Billion Rising

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Today is the 15th anniversary of V-Day, a global initiative to end violence against women and girls. According to its website, V-Day is “a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.”

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, V-Day launched One Billion Rising this year. It is estimated that one in three women will experience violence in their lifetime—which equals out to over 1 billion women worldwide. One Billion Rising calls for one billion women to rise up, stand out, and demand an end to such violence.

Through benefit performances, V-Day has raised both awareness and funds that help fight violence everywhere. In 2012, over 5,800 benefits took place on V-Day around the world. If violence against women is ever to end, we need to show the world a front of solidarity—no matter where we live, what we look like, or who we are—and that’s just what V-Day seeks to do.

In the fifteen years since it began, V-Day has raised over $90 million, which it distributes to grassroots, international and national organizations alike. It reaches across 167 countries worldwide and has consistently been named a top non-profit organization by sources like Marie-Claire Magazine, Worth Magazine, and GreatNonprofits.

The “V” in V-Day stands for many things, as does the organization itself. First, it stands for “Victory,” then for “Valentine,” and lastly for “Vagina.”

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5 Ways to Help on World Cancer Day

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February 4th was World Cancer Day. For cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and supporters, this day is a source of hope and comfort. It’s a chance to share stories of courage, resilience, and inspiration. And it’s a chance to raise cancer awareness.

“Cancer” is a wide-sweeping word. It can be in just about any part of the body: blood, bone, breast, lungs, skin, organs. It doesn’t discriminate between children and adults, and is deadly in its mission. But research and treatments are improving, and bit by bit we are conquering the disease that has killed millions of people. World Cancer Day is a special day for all those affected by cancer. Here are five organizations who are helping support them:

1.    World Cancer Day: It’s simple. World Cancer Day (the organization) is an advocacy group that seeks to prevent cancer when possible and raise awareness both in the public and political realms.
2.     Stand Up To Cancer: Download the “I Stand Up For” placard from their website today and share pictures to honor those you know who have fought against cancer. Founded in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has already raised over $80 million for cancer research and awareness campaigns.
3.    American Cancer Society: One of the biggest groups fighting against cancer, ACS has worked on prevention and research of cancer. It also offers support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
4.    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude’s is a special place for children suffering and recovering from cancer. It is one of the top pediatric cancer hospitals in the country and the only one dedicated solely to children. A true pioneer in treatment and research, St. Jude’s serves nearly 8,000 children per year.
5.    National Breast Cancer Foundation: Breast cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, affecting thousands of women each year. NBCF works to save women’s lives by educating the public about early detection and prevention of breast cancer. It also offers support for women who have been affected by it.