One Billion Rising

Violence against women is something that most people think of as happening behind closed doors – a ‘domestic’, writes Kaz Molloy.

In reality it’s more widespread than you could ever imagine. Not only does it happen at home, but in the workplace, in war zones, in refugee camps.

It involves abuse, both mental and physical - torture, rape, genital mutilation – the list can sometimes seem endless.

This may not be the kind of thing you want to read about in the run up to Christmas, but for the women and children who are going through this on a daily basis, there is no season of goodwill!

Women of every race, all ages, across all continents are the victims of violence. But that sort of thing doesn’t happen on Bute, right? Wrong! It happens everywhere. One in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s over one billion women and girls.

On February 14, 2013, women and men across the world will come together on a global day of action and say ‘enough is enough’. They will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices that women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women once and for all.

The event is being co-ordinated by V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day Founder, and award winning playwright, Eve Ensler wants women and the men who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence.

To date, thousands of activists, over 13,000 organisations around the globe, and 176 countries have committed to participate and hold events – and Bute will be amongst them. Mark it in your diary – 12 noon on February 14, 2013. If you want to know more then check out the Facebook page – just type in ‘One Billion Rising – Bute’.

More details will be released about the event in the New Year.