UH campuses stage One Billion Rising events

February 12, 2013  |   |  Comments
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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, UH Maui College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Kauaʻi Community College and Windward Community College 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 and girls.

Events at the campuses will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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 seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, the University of Hawaiʻi participating campuses will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world to express 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 playwright and activist Eve Ensler, who initiated the campaign. “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.”

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. 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.

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