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.