Here is the suggested text of a possible letter to your MP to ask them to support One Billion Rising in a Parliamentary vote or by attending one of the many local events that will be taking place in or around their constituency.
Dear Mr/Ms XXXXX,
Show your support: Join ONE BILLION WOMEN RISING – 14th February, at XXXX
I’m writing to you as one of your constituents to ask you to either attend a debate in Parliament or join us on February 14th here in XXXX to show your support the One Billion Rising Campaign.
One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime, according to the UN. We believe changing this should be a priority for all Governments around the world including our own. On 14th February 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, ONE BILLION women across the world will rise up to demand an end to all violence against women. Across the UK over 100 events have been planned in support of this campaign, and the UK parliament will debate and vote on providing statutory sex and relationship education in schools for both boys and girls. Challenging attitudes about relationships and promoting mutual respect is key to ensuring different outcomes for future generations.
We need your help to take our message to Parliament, and we would be delighted if you showed your support by joining our campaign in one of two ways:
– Stand up against Violence in Parliament on the 14th February. Join in the Parliamentary debate which has been requested on combating violence in relationships through effective education in schools. Please let me know if you would attend this debate to vote in favour of One Billion Rising and this motion.
– There are 100 events across the country listed on the One Billion Rising events page, you can find out about local events here: http://onebillionrising.org/page/event/search_simple Please attend a local Rising event and support campaigners in our community.
Please let us know which of the above actions you can take to support this campaign, or if you do not support this campaign and motion your reasons why so that we can update the campaign organizers. If you would like to attend our local event on the 14th February, please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information, and we’ll be sure to have someone meet you on your arrival at the event.
[Include your postal address to show that you’re a constituent]