One Billion Rising Seeks To End Violence Against Women
By Acharya S.Dwivedi
One Billion Rising is a monumental global movement to end the violence against women and girls. A young 15 year activist girl Eve Ensler founded it in the year 2012 and launched it as a part of V- Day (Valentine Day). The Motto is – Strike, Dance, Rise.
One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her life time and that is One Billion Women. We have to strike against atrocities, abuses and sexual violence directed towards women. One Billion Women Dancing is a Revolution and One Billion Rising is an Action. Now OBR has become the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls.
Thanks to the social media and Eve Ensler’s networking that OBR has garnered unparalleled international media attention and brought new level of awareness and understanding in people of 207 countries who have been participating in One Billion Rising of V-Day since 2013.
The Networking To Eliminate Violence In Relationships (NEVR) chaired by the Dr. Balbir Gurm organized the One Billion Rising Event on February 12 at Firehall Center for the Arts in North Delta.
Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, Her Worship Mayor, Lois E. Jackson of city of Delta, Randeep Sarai, MP , Chief Constable Neil Dubord spoke on the occasion. Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy of Surrey, RCMP read the pledge which was repeated by all audience. Sarbjit Batalia, mother of murdered student Maple Batalia read a statement.
The KPU, BSN students presented the Break the Chain Dance in which audience participated. Dr. Balbir Gurm, in her closing speech, focused on the Action Now to end the violence against women and girls. At the end people were served with refreshment donated by Spice 72 and Delta Parks and Recreation.