Videos: Exeter One Billion Rising Campaign raises awareness of violence and oppression against women
Exeter played host to a silent vigil on Thursday (14 February) as part of One Billion Risings, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
Over one hundred men and women took part in the vigil at 5:45pm on Bedford Street before dancing together at St Stephens Church (See Videos).
One Billion Rising is a call to action for 1 billion women and men throughout the world to rise up and dance in order to call attention to violence against woman.
The movement’s website states that the protests are to raise awareness to the “horrifying statistic that one in three women, that’s one billion, will be beaten or raped.”
V-Day Founder and award winning playwright Eve Ensler writes:
“It has brought together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before; brought in all kinds of new people and groups and associations and masses of men who are not aware of the issue but are now working on it; brought violence against women, through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion. We are rising together because it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create change.”
See a video of the Exeter vigil and dance, posted by Devon Rape Crisis, below:
Devon Rape Crisis Service is a specialist support service for women aged over 18 who live in Devon who have experienced any form of sexual violence, read more about the service at www.devonrapecrisis.org.uk