Bringing gender equity center stage

 

“One of the biggest problems with domestic abuse is that people don’t talk about it. It’s insidious, stigmatized and hushed.” – Justin Vernon

2 A Billion is a campaign created by Bon Iver to raise support, awareness, and person-to-person connections in an effort to end gender inequality, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

We strive to make a positive impact by helping uncover the severity and pervasiveness of domestic violence. Gender equity issues remain major ongoing battles globally, continuing to render women the nation’s poorest, reinforcing systematic violence against women and girls, producing substandard health outcomes, and denying women leadership opportunities across all sectors.

We encourage community-driven, creative action to provide unique perspectives and solutions to these complex issues. We believe every individual can take steps, big and small, courageous and simple, to have an impact – and collectively – we can move the needle on gender inequality.

Awareness

Domestic abuse can take many forms. It happens through use of physical force, emotionally harmful statements, sexual exploitation, financial means to harm, manipulation, or control. Abuse affects individuals of every community, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, and race.  

Abuse is not just an individual issue, it’s a community issue. Mass media and cultural standards often normalize domestic violence, particularly against women. Wide-spread positive portrayals of unacceptable behavior institutionalize abuse. In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience abuse in her lifetime.

By acknowledging the pervasiveness of domestic abuse, its harmful effects, and the influences that reinforce violence against women, we can take the first steps towards a safer, healthier future for everyone.

To learn more:

Action

Speak Up, Step Up, Do Your Part

Change can begin with one person, one voice, and one action.  2 A Billion, Bon Iver, and our nonprofit partners have identified steps everyone can take to do their part in this cause.

Recognizing Abuse

Physical harm or intimidation: Using force or intimidation of force against a person, their loved ones, or their pets.

Emotional Abuse: Insults, restrictive and controlling behavior such as limiting time with friends and family, telling a partner they are dependent or worthless without them, or any other actions that aim to cause emotional harm and dependence.

Abuse may also take the form of financial manipulation, sexual coercion, or digital harassment. Bottom line, if an individual feels unsafe or trapped in a relationship, abuse may be occurring. Learn more about the being an active bystander, behaviors of an abusive partnerand warning signs.

Donate

Make a financial contribution to one of our partners. These organizations are doing incredible work providing services for survivors and advocating for a future without domestic violence.

Mama Cash has been funding feminist activism since 1983. They provide grants and support to pioneering women’s, girls’ and trans people’s rights initiatives around the globe that challenge the root causes of injustice.

Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes is a network of 67 associations in France that offer specialized services to enable women and their children to emerge from violence and rebuild themselves.

Lancashire Women’s Centres believe that every woman counts. Working across some of the most deprived communities in Lancashire through five female-only centres, they provide a range of integrated programmes to support women to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives.

The Young Women’s Movement is a feminist organization that works on a local, national and international level. Their vision is to live in a world where every woman can shape her own life journey and fulfill her potential, where the voices of women are heard, respected and celebrated.

Advocacy

Systemic problems require systems to change

Policy, culture and media all contribute to and reinforce patterns of domestic abuse. Anyone can and should be an advocate for change.

These organizations are asking for your action now:

– Visit the National Organization for Women’s National Action Program. This site lays out instructions for how to make a difference on a variety of pressing women’s rights issues.

– Visit RAINN’s Action Center to send an email to elected officials on current legislation related to domestic violence and sexual assault. 

– The ACLU needs your signature on a petition to protect Planned Parenthood in the ongoing efforts to  repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

– Visit Amnesty USA’s Violence Against Women action center and follow instructions on how to take action on policy related to this issue area. 

Learn about our network of nonprofit partners.

People like you are taking action all over the world.

Join the 2 A Billion movement!