Miss Indian World Jessa Rae Growing Thunder is inviting the Four Corners to join in the making of a video that could be seen worldwide by thousands of other people taking a stand against sexual violence against women.
"We are trying to get as many people as we can," said Growing Thunder, who was crowned Miss Indian World, the highest honor for American Indian pageant participants, in May.
Growing Thunder, a student at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and other student activists will gather in the Fort Lewis College amphitheater at 4 p.m. Monday to tape a movie they will send to One Billion Rising.
One Billion Rising is an international effort to raise awareness about the number of women raped or beaten each year worldwide.
Anyone can send in a video or join the action, though the end goal is to have everyone involved take a stand on Feb. 14, V-Day, to promote an end to violence against women and girls.
"This could be history in the making," said Growing Thunder.
The organization estimates that one in three women will be raped or beaten, or both, in their lifetime.
"It is something that we all deal with in Indian Country," said Growing Thunder, who said the video will be the first that specifically addresses the issues on tribal lands.
The video will feature the testimony of Growing Thunder and peers from the on-campus branch of Project Save Wiyabi, a nationwide group that spreads awareness about sexual violence on tribal lands.
The video will be used by One Billion Rising on its website as evidence of the rising support for V-Day.
V-Day, which falls on Feb. 14 every year, was created to join people to stand against violence toward women and girls.
Because V-Day's 15th anniversary is in 2013, everyone involved in One Billion Rising is asked to leave work, school, or whatever they are doing on that day to dance and in some way ask for the end to violence against women and girls.
"On this day, the world is going to dance," Growing Thunder said.