LOS ANGELES — Thousands danced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds chanted in South Africa, carrying signs and candles. The Philippines held a 24-hour dance party. Scores of students in India gathered for a candlelight vigil.
Organizers say these are among thousands of events taking place in 205 countries Thursday as part of One Billion Rising, an international call led by Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization to end violence against women and girls.
Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” announced the campaign last year, urging women and men around the world to walk out of work or school on Feb. 14, 2013, and dance to raise awareness of the troubling U.N. statistic that one in three women worldwide will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.