One Billion Rising

I received a $10 coupon from iTunes and wanted to buy a DVD by Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the famed sitar player, Ravi Shankar. I Googled her name and came up with her picture and this message about violence against women. (Source:

The daughter of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar said on Thursday in a video released for a global women’s rights campaign that she had been sexually abused as a child by a family friend.

Anoushka Shankar, herself a famed sitar player who used to play with her late father, said she had decided to go public in support of the One Billion Rising* campaign against violence against women.

She dedicated her message to the medical student who was gang-raped in a bus by six drunken men on December 16 in New Delhi, and later died in hospital from horrific injuries.

*One billion rising is a campaign from Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, etc. and her V-Day campaign which I have posted before. (One Billion Rising is the global outgrowth of V-Day.)  I Googled this topic and came up with information  from

“On V-Day’s 15th anniversary, 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.  It is a call to end rape and rape culture ends.  There is a link to sign up.”

I apologize for not posting this earlier. I was caught up in my articles for Valentine’s Day and my 10th anniversary of meeting my husband. But you can join 1 Billion Rising anytime, in fact, right now would be a good time. I just did!

Women’s Voices for Change also posted information.
Go to and scroll down to Wednesday Wednesday 5: Sylvia Plath, One Billion Rising, and Ava DuVernay.

Full Circle: I went on the website for iTunes because I want a CD by Anoushka Shankar, whose music I heard and watched when Public TV aired a recent concert. I loved the music. I want to play it at my International Women’s Day luncheon on March 8th, when I plan to talk about Half the Sky, an award-winning book I will review next month and also discusses violence against women, from forced prostitution to husband abuse.

So there are no coincidences, just synchronicity! Add your name and participation to the One Billion Rising campaign!

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