People In At Least 200 Countries Are Protesting Violence Against Women

On Feb. 14, men and women around the world danced for "One Billion Rising," an initiative created by Eve Ensler to end gendered and sexual violence worldwide.

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Yesterday millions of people in China, Mexico, and at least 200 other countries danced through the streets to raise awareness for all survivors of gendered violence.

Via facebook.com

Update — Feb. 16, 1:45 p.m. ET: In an email to BuzzFeed, One Billion Rising said it recognizes what the activists involved in the protests submitted as countries. For example, Palestine, Kosovo, Taiwan, Tibet, among other nations, are recognized as countries to the group.

It's meant to represent a break for survivors of violence who feel "confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, and rage" the website says.

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Survivors' stories have been "buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized," the organization says.

"One in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime — which is one billion women — so I thought, 'What if 1 billion people stood up against gendered violence?'" Eve Ensler told BuzzFeed.

The theme this year was "justice," in part to frame women's rights as an issue that affects everybody, Ensler said.

"You cannot really look at any violence against women without looking at economic issues or environmental issues," said Ensler. "This year people can choose what they want to rise for. We're so used to siloing our issues in a way that keeps them nonthreatening. Now we're trying to say, 'We're all part of the same story.'"

Here are a few of the places where survivors and supporters participated in the protest:

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica joins #1billionrising campaign to stop violence against women. Beautiful day for it.

Rory Carroll@rorycarroll72

Santa Monica joins #1billionrising campaign to stop violence against women. Beautiful day for it.

04:31 PM - 14 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nevada City

We rose up in Nevada City! Incredible turnout for our small town. #1billionrising

See Jane Do@SeeJaneDo

We rose up in Nevada City! Incredible turnout for our small town. #1billionrising

12:19 PM - 15 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mexico

UnBillondePie, todos unidos contra la trata!!! #rise4justice #Cuajimalpa @UnBillondePie @rosiorozco

Maricela Campos@MaricelaCampos

UnBillondePie, todos unidos contra la trata!!! #rise4justice #Cuajimalpa @UnBillondePie @rosiorozco

12:44 PM - 15 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Romania

#rise4justice ~ #Romania Rising. #1billionrising PIC via @PIN_Network

1billionrisingSA@OBRSA

#rise4justice ~ #Romania Rising. #1billionrising PIC via @PIN_Network

02:36 PM - 15 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Madrid, Spain

#rise4justice ~ #Madrid Rising. #Spain #1billionrising. PIC via @SandraBrocksom

1billionrisingSA@OBRSA

#rise4justice ~ #Madrid Rising. #Spain #1billionrising. PIC via @SandraBrocksom

02:16 PM - 15 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Last Valentine's Day, people in 207 countries also participated in "One Billion Rising."

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Video from last year's event

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