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One billion rise this Valentine’s

One Billion Rising  
‘One Billion Rising’ is a global movement of “women, and those who love them” – which will hold a day of action on 14 February 14th, 2013 to protest violence against women, as well as inequality and justice.

The event calls people everywhere to leave whatever they are doing for the day and come together in a celebration of womanhood through dance.

Abuse towards women is highly common everywhere in the world, with one in three women either being raped or assaulted in her lifetime. Tomorrow, ‘One Billion Rising’ gives women a chance to stand up against these statistics and say no to violence. With over 160 countries and 5000 organisations involved, this is sure to be a stepping stone to ending the horrible trend of violence toward women in this world.

According to the event’s site, One Billion Rising is:

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

Rhodes Rising is our university’s version of this event, and takes place at the following times and places.

16h00: Petition regarding violence against women will be given to a municipal representative.

18h00: Performance by Juliette & Sita’s School of Pole Dance at Theatre Café.

18h30: Break the Chains choreographed dance will be performed at Steve Biko, followed by jam session featuring songs empowering to women.

19h30: A final performance of Break the Chains which will be filmed and shared on YouTube.

-Rhea MacDonald-