Ensler's Billion Rising movement spans the globe

SANDY COHEN
The Associated Press
Modified: February 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013
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She added that the global event is "also impacting legislation and mindset and legislation," citing legislative efforts in Britain for universal sex education.

"The pressure of One Billion Rising is forcing these people to have to say they're going to do something about it," she said.

Scheduled stateside events included flash mobs in San Francisco, a Zumba dance party with Jane Fonda in Los Angeles, a special program at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom featuring Rosario Dawson and Glenn Close, and a rally led by Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice A. King on the sunny streets of Atlanta.

The outpouring of participation surpassed even Ensler's hopeful dreams. Widespread press coverage of the brutal gang rape in Delhi and the Taliban shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl mobilized the world, she said.

"I think we all know that we've reached a moment where it has to stop," she said. "It's enough."

Ensler is convinced that the global reach of One Billion Rising has achieved its goal of raising awareness of the worldwide problem of violence against women and will inspire leaders to act.

"I don't think violence against women will get marginalized again," she said. "I think it has moved to the center of the agenda as of today."