Local groups join One Billion Rising campaign to stop violence against women

Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society, Community Response Network joining together for local event to raise awareness of issue

Contributed by the Revelstoke Community Response Network

On February 14 at 6:30 p.m., the community of Revelstoke will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women, girls and vulnerable members of our community.

One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

On Feb. 14, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society and the Revelstoke Community Response Network will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2013, to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

The Revelstoke V-Day event will take place at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre, located at Revelstoke Secondary School from 6:30-10 p.m. and will be an evening of celebration and reflection that will include, speakers, art, music, dancing, stories, and monologues.

An open-house evening is scheduled for Thursday, Jan, 17, at the Revelstoke Community Centre from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Anyone who would like learn more or to participate in this exciting event is encouraged to attend. No previous experience or skills are required.

 

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