UPEI dances with One Billion Rising

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Campaign to stop violence against women and girls

University of Prince Edward Island faculty and staff members, students and guests took some time to dance today as part of One Billion Rising.

The anti-violence movement was marked with celebrations around the world.

"We're here because one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. And that works out, with the global population, to be one billion women," said local organizer Jennifer Taylor, UPEI faculty member.

Taylor, UPEI staff organizer Leo Cheverie, and zumba instructor Anna LaCroix led the noon-hour demonstration at the university's student centre.

Representatives from the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention Services, and PEI Active8 also moved like Jagger, as one of the songs encouraged them to.

"This is such a serious topic, one that we all want to change, so why do we dance? That's something we normally do when we're joyful," said Taylor, who went on to quote Eve Ensler. "(Ensler) says, 'It's dangerous, it's joyous, it's sexual, it's holy, it's disruptive, courageous and it breaks the rules. It can happen anytime, anywhere, with anyone. And it's free.'"

More information on the movement is available at www.onebillionrising.com.

Organizations: University of Prince Edward Island, Advisory Council on the Status of Women, P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention Services

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Recent comments

  • Billy
    February 15, 2013 - 11:28

    I initially read that headline as PEI One Billion and Rising. I just can't keep my mind off the provincial debt!

  • Jennifer Taylor
    February 15, 2013 - 06:00

    Thanks very much Heather Tweel and the Guardian for coming out to our One Billion Rising Dance Strike. We had over 180 students staff and faculty, and it was an amazing experience for all of us. This global campaign is calling for all of us to fight against violence against women. BTW, I downloaded the video, but the image gallery is not showing up when I click it. Any hints on how to access those would be appreciated!