Vizagites join the ‘One Billion Rising’ chorus, decrying crimes against women

As per a staggering statistic, one in every three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. These statistics have been released by a campaign ‘One Billion Rising’, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The movement is by women for women that was organised on the Valentine’s Day across borders.

In keeping with the slogan of the movement ‘Strike Dance Rise’, Park Hotel in the city organised an event inviting women employees and guests to dance the night away and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer on a daily basis across the world.

The campaign has been designed in such a way so that the world’s conscience will be shaken and people wake up to crimes committed against women.

Across the country and the world, flash mobs were held to bring to highlight the statistics.

Park Hotel, which has been in the forefront of bringing various novel concepts to the city, organised the event so that Vizagites can also join the chorus that is resonating across the world and rise to the occasion.

The campaign was initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler (known for her play The Vagina Monologues), and her organisation V-Day to create a world in which women live safely and freely. The event was made famous by a three-minute film which was made to inspire women all over to find their voice and protest against injustice.

The video can be watched on YouTube by searching One Billion Rising.

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