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One billion reasons to end violence against women

04 February 2014

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan calls for local support

People from across Preston are being invited to gather at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to dance, sing and stand together to demand an end to violence against women as part of a global event.

In Preston alone over 4,000 women and girls aged between 16 and 59 have suffered from domestic violence in the past year.* On Friday 14 February the UCLan Creative Communities Group is inviting local people to come together as part of the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign to end violence against women and girls around the world.

One Billion Rising for Justice asks women, men, and youths around the world to gather safely on 14 February outside places where they are entitled to justice.

One Billion Rising for Justice asks women, men, and youths around the world to gather safely on 14 February outside places where they are entitled to justice – court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe.

Last year One Billion Rising 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.

The Preston event will bring as many people as possible to UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre to dance and stand together in solidarity on the same day as people from 206 other countries around the world.

“One Billion Rising for Justice is a call to survivors and their allies to break the silence through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies, and other ways that best express their outrage, their need, their desire, and their joy.”

“One Billion Rising for Justice is a call to survivors and their allies to break the silence – politically, outrageously, artistically – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies, and other ways that best express their outrage, their need, their desire, and their joy,” said Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising.

The UCLan event has been organised by UCLan Honorary Fellow and Community Engagement Ambassador Russell Hogarth and will take place 12noon – 1.00pm on Friday 14 February in UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

Anyone wishing to take part can contact Russell, Chair of the Creative Communities Group, by emailing Rhogarth1@uclan.ac.uk or calling 01772 894707 or 07940 455714.