‘Myrto, can you tell us what the purpose of today’s event was?’ my friend Anna asked her 9-year old daughter. ‘Some women are not treated right and they have to be treated with respect,’ was Myrto’s instant and matter-of-factly response. I was stunned by the power of her words, the determination of her voice, but above all, the spark in her eyes. Myrto was alluding to the ‘One Billion Rising’ event, which was held at the Mall of Nicosia, Cyprus on February 14, V-Day’s 15th anniversary. A global incentive to have one billion women and men strike, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence against women, the Cyprus event was organized by The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies. The mission? Getting the world to unite voices and demand an end to violence against women through: ‘A global strike…an invitation to dance..a call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends. An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers. A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given. A new time and a new way of being’ We danced in unison, and, paying close attention to Myrto’s tenacious comments, I am confident that ‘One billion rising’ got people to ponder and reflect too. After all, together, we can create miracles! The photos were taken at yesterday’s Nicosia event. Amongst these phenomenal women is my dear friend Anna Koukkides-Procopiou, President of AIPFE (Women of Europe)- a friend who never ceases to amaze me with her will power, determination, wit, humor, but above all, her zest for a meaningful life. Myrto has already inherited many of these attributes and I am sure that one day she will ‘shake’ the world!