Happy V Day:Dance to end violence on women!

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 06:05


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If you happen to see a group of people dancing in the middle of St. Anne's Square in Sliema today, it is because they have signed to participate in 'One Billion Rising', a revolutionary campaign to end violence against women and girls. 

Today is synoymous with St. Valentine's Day, the feast of lovers, so this gesture might mean alot to the other half. 

Women on the other side of the globe, in Byron Bay, Australia started the day by dancing to the beat of the drums on the beach.

"One of every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends. Yet, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. The campaign aims to put a stop to the violence, and to the silence that surrounds it," said event organiser Lorraine Camilleri.

Newark Parents, Sliema Local Council, Victim Support Malta are joining the NGO Outreach together with one billion women and those who love them to walk out, rise up, dance, and strike to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

Already, thousands of activists and organizations around the globe have signed on and events are being planned in countries all over the planet.  Women’s, human rights, labor, economic justice, environmental, faith-based, and LGBTQ groups, as well as artists and high profile lawmakers are coming together. Rosario Dawson, Thandie Newton, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington along with Yoko Ono, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Donna Karan, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan McDermott, Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, Rosie Huntington – Whitely, Zoe Kravitz will be rising and dancing.

Malta signed the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention last May. Malta thus joins 18 other countries who have already become signatories.

Labour Party's spokesperson for gender equality Helena Dalli said that it was a Labour government in 1998 which presented the white paper on domestic violence, when - years later - a draft law was presented, although based on Labour’s white paper, it was a watered down version. 

To sign up at go to website: or Like: or Tweet: @VDAY with the hashtag #1billionrising


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