This event in SL has caused controversy, for all the wrong reasons. The purpose of this event is not really that difficult to grasp.
I first read about One Billion Rising on a Saudi women’s’ blog. The contributors to that blog were excited about it, as they felt that this was a way their joyous pride in being women could be expressed. This is to a large degree because their voices are rarely heard in the westernised world, and not heard at all in their own country.
Violence against women is not confined to rape – it is also common to find it in the more simpler forms, for example oppression, legal disenfranchisement, gender selection at birth, lack of educational opportunities – and the list goes on. To me, these are all forms of violence.
For people to gather together, to celebrate women in a non commercial way and exult in that. This is what One Billion Rising means to me.