A group of Central Coast women (and a few men) symbolically joined a global event called One Billion Rising, one billion representing the number of girls and women who are physically or sexually abused every year on this planet. According to plan, Valentine’s Day one billion people rise up, strike and dance in nearly 200 countries around the world. Here at the Newport Recreation Center, they sent the same message to Central Coast communities that women everywhere share the same struggles and by combining their hands and hearts they can more effectively fight the abuse of women and girls. That our dilemma is not just a woman’s issue in a tucked away part of the world, but that the crisis is worldwide as well as right here at home. That it’s critical that the world become a place where women and girls live safely and freely. And that the demand be heard ’round the Earth that violence against girls and women be stopped – and stopped now!
Below is a short video in which two people, a man and a woman, called for change in mens’ attitudes about themselves and the women and girls in their lives, as well as a call to an inner strength among all women globally united, dedicated to end the suffering of the one billion women and girls who live under the spectre of physical and sexual abuse.