By Peter Stevenson
One Billion Rising For Justice, an event being held around the world is due to take place on Friday at 5.30pm at the Mall of Cyprus, calling on women and men everywhere to demand justice in the fight against domestic violence.
Participating will be the European Commission in Cyprus, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, the University of Cyprus, Media Zone, the Family Planning Association and the Cyprus Centre of Intercultural Studies.
One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely outside places where they are entitled to justice. Places like courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places.
“It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right,” according to the event’s organisers.
More than a billion men and women are expected to protest against the fact that more than one billion women around the world will suffer violence in their lives. The event will take place together with V-Day in the hope of uniting all voices in the fight to stop violence against women.
“The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces,” the organisers said.
V-Day promotes creative events to increase awareness and raise money. It hopes to generate broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
According to the organisers of One Billion Rising, one in three women on the planet are raped or beaten during their life so one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues and friends are amongst the victims.
“Already thousands of activists, politicians, technocrats and artists around the world are taking part in events that have been organised in 186 countries,” the organisers said.
They have called on everyone to rise up and dance to stop violence against women.
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