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Photo still taken from “Break the Chain” video

Thursday, February 14th is the 15th anniversary of V-Day — a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. This V-Day will see a worldwide event: One Billion Rising (Strike, Dance Rise!). Why the number one billion and why dance? From the website:

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

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One Billion Rising – Barcelona, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from avv.samoano’s photostream

In Pittsburgh, 70 local groups have endorsed and will participate in Thursday’s day of action which now includes events in every country in the world. They will join the other one billion women who’ve been invited (and their male allies) to “WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND” an end to this gender-based violence. They will show the strength of their numbers and raise awareness about violence against women and girls. And, they will use dance as a form of demonstration and to celebrate women’s right for peace, dignity and lives free from violence.

Pittburgh’s event will also be in memory of Ka’Sandra Wade, the young, Pittsburgh woman who was killed by her ex-partner on New Year’s Eve and whose death has raised a call for better procedures by the police.

One Billion Rising Pittsburgh
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Where: Market Square, 23 Market Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (map)
Hosts: New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice and Friends
Pittsburgh Website: Here
Facebook Event Page: Here
Sign up on the National Site for the Pittsburgh Event: Here

*2003 UNIFEM report entitled “Not A Minute More: Ending Violence Against Women,” or 2008, the UNITE To End Violence Against Women Campaign, initiated by UN Secretary-General’s Office