Today, on Valentine’s Day, on V-Day, I stand with you, in solidarity, to fight for a city and a world where women live safely and freely.
We must pour our energy into raising awareness
about who we are –
WOMEN who DESERVE love and DEMAND respect.
One in three women will experience violence in her lifetime.
That is too many. Those are numbers we cannot accept.
It is time for us to fight back. And we MUST fight.
Because there is no magic wand,
or lottery ticket to create the world we wish for.
We must PUSH and strive and sweat. We must do the work.
And stand shoulder to shoulder to shoulder
with our hearts thumping ferociously in our chests,
with our weapons of words.
Beautiful is the woman who sheds her coat of fear
and shares her stories. That’s why we are here.
Every time we open a door and make it all right for another woman, to tell her story, we give her safe passage to the truth of her own resilience.
Our strength, will grow an army of voices,
LOUD and strong and relentless
And we will make change. We will make change.
We will make change.