This Friday 14th February I’ll be one of the people in over 200 countries who’ll join together to dance for ‘One Billion Rising’ to highlight the global call for justice to end violence against women and girls.
When I signed up for One Billion Rising I thought I’d be heading to Trafalgar Square to just listen to some inspiring speakers. I didn’t realise that we’d also be dancing to raise awareness.
I have to admit dancing is not my speciality. I am not a woman who usually, to paraphrase, dances as if no-one is watching, rather I wish no-one was watching!
Join us in London for One Billion Rising
But, this Friday I am going to put my inhibitions to one side, overcome my embarrassment and do the Break the Chain dance because it’s not just about keeping in time or busting a few moves. It’s symbolic because by joining in this dance I am making my disgust, horror and indignation about violence against women and girls seen. If you’re coming to London come and join us. We’ll be the ones in the red ActionAid T-shirts.
One in three women, worldwide, will be beaten or sexually assaulted in their lifetime
In its second year, One Billion Rising was created by Eve Ensler, of Vagina Monologues fame. She devised it because, according to the UN, one in three women on the planet will in their lifetime be beaten or sexually assaulted. That works out at one billion women, so Ensler has called for a billion worldwide to gather on 14 February outside buildings that represent justice – police stations, courthouses, government offices – and dance. Simple.
ActionAid support around the world
In Bangladesh, amongst other things, young supporters will perform a flash mob in front of their Supreme Court to create mass awareness of unfair judgements.
In India campaigners will be highlighting the necessity for accessible public transport by wearing their ‘Mobility for all’ T-shirts.
Want to come and dance for One Billion Rising?
Can't make it to an event but want to get involved? Let your fingers to the dancing: follow the hashtag #OBR14 on Twitter.