By Heather Salmon
This Valentines Day there is a global initiative calling for 1 billion people to take a stand to end violence against women and children. Approximately 1 of 3 women will or has been raped, or beaten during her lifetime. Violence is a global issue and can strike women from any background anywhere and includes date rape, emotional abuse, female genital mutilation, stalking, human trafficking, domestic abuse, and same sex relationship violence.
Women most often experience violence at the hands of someone they know and can be left with deep emotional, mental and physical scars. Violence against women not only affects the victim but the whole community. With a population of 7 billion people 1 in 3 means that staggering 1 billion women are violated!
One Billion Rising is the inspiration of Eve Ensler playwright/founder of the award winning Vagina Monologues, and is a global activist movement that has been growing over the past 15 years. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it. International educational, media and PSA campaigns have been created, shelters opened, and over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses funded in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq.
This V-Day women and those who love them are joining forces world wide and creating events, dances, strikes and rising up to demand an end to this violence. Join or create V-Day ONE BILLION RISING today and SAY NO to violence against women and girls.
Febraury 14th Hawaii Events:
We will have empowerment playshops showing self defense and healthy boundary setting, a group dance/performance to Break The Chain – One Billion Rising song, healthy food , tables set up with info on local organizations that support an end to violence
Pre-February 14 Events (2): 2:00 PM on February 3 Marks Garage will be hosting us for a dance rehearsal to learn one coordinated dance for the event. All are invited to join us in this celebration! FEBRUARY 14 EVENTS: 6:00 PM: The ARTS at Marks Garage
Molokai is rising up and “Dancing in the Streets” of our little town. We invite all agencies, businesses, schools, as well as all women, men, & children to join us as we dance to the cause. On Feb 14th 2013 we will dance on the street and court yard of the Library building
This is a family-friendly event to promote a violence free Waianae We will have great music and performances by local dance groups, flash-mob dance, and free dance.
On V-Days 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence.
Noontime: One Billion Rising HNL @ Campus Center, University of Hawai’i @ Manoa – PAU Violence, the Women’s Center, and the Ethnic Studies Student Association are hosting the event alongside KTUH dj and emcee Seph1 to promote this event to the students, faculty, and staff on campus.
Kapiolani Community College (KCC) is participating by hosting a lunch time event on 2/14/13. We will ask the campus community share why they are rising, and also encourage participation in a short dance which will be led by faculty and students.
A day, a dance, a declaration. To rise above violence, above hate, and above cruelty against females worldwide. Men and women alike are invited to move together in an effort to stop this pandemic.
To sign up and learn more, visit www.onebillionrising.org
Here are some things that you can do to help end the violence!
- Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
- Support a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship.
- Volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter or other organization that helps survivors or works to prevent violence.
- Raise children to respect others and deal with anger in non violent ways. T
- Learn Compassionate Communication Skills. Work to create a culture that rejects violence as a way to deal with problems.
- Become an activist. Participate in an anti-violence events! Tell your congressional representatives that you want them to support domestic violence services and violence prevention programs.
- Volunteer in youth programs. Get involved in programs that teach young people to solve problems without violence.
- Ask about anti-violence policies and programs at work and school. At work, ask about policies that deal with sexual harassment.
RESOURCE BOX: Heather Salmon, author of the forthcoming book the Black Swan Initiation is a priestess, innovative spiritual guide, hypnosound healer and prayerformance artist. Join for the Power of Love Rising Event in Kihei, February 14th, 2013. For more information and free Mystical Alchemy HypnoSound Healing MP3 visit www.MysticalAlchemy.net
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