30 January 2015
UCLan organises local gathering as part of global campaign
Local people have gathered in the centre of Preston to dance, sing and stand together to demand an end to violence against women as part of a global event.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) organised the free event on Saturday 14 February in the Fishergate Shopping Centre as part of the annual One Billion Rising for Justice (VDay) campaign to end violence against women and girls around the world.
In Preston alone over 4,000 women and girls aged between 16 and 59 have suffered from domestic violence in the past year.* The Preston gathering was one of thousands of events taking place on the same day for the third annual global One Billion Rising for Justice campaign which calls for people to gather safely on 14 February outside places where women are entitled to justice such as police stations, government offices and places of worship, or simply in public places where women deserve to feel safe.
Russell Hogarth, co-founder and chair of the UCLan Creative Communities Group (CCGUK) which organised the gathering, commented: “Helen Butler, founder of the website Feminine and Fabulous which supports women who are feeling unfulfilled and depressed, kindly brought this event to the attention of the CCGUK again this year. We were delighted by the number of people who turned up to take part in this global dance event to highlight the shocking global statistics of one billion and rising violent attacks against women.
“This year we will be joining forces live on the web with Creative Communities Group colleagues in Nigeria who will be dancing alongside us."
“This year we joined forces live on the web with Creative Communities Group colleagues in Nigeria who danced alongside us, and dance instructor and World Salsa dance champion Phil Kaila and Salsa Northwest helped us with the routine accompanied by live music. It was a fun and entertaining event that raised awareness of a serious issue at the same time.”
Last year UCLan joined over 240 countries around the world also taking part in the One Billion Rising for Justice annual global dance event. It was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
Discover more about the One Billion Rising movement by visiting http://www.onebillionrising.org.uk/ or follow the #Rise4Revolution on Twitter. For more information about the UCLan Creative Communities Group visit http://www.ccguk.org/