VA Takes Part in Global Effort to Combat Violence Against Women
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is be a part of a global effort to end violence against women that will take place in 189 countries. It is the brainchild of author and activist Eve Ensler, who in her travels around the world saw violence perpetrated against women in various forms and decided to bring serious attention to the issue. In Virginia, Susan Singer is the lead organizer of the event, called One Billion Rising.
"One in three women all over the planet will be raped or beaten or abused in her lifetime," Singer explained. "One in three - that adds up to 1 billion people."
Organizers hope 1 billion people around the planet will rise up and say no to violence, Singer said. She invited all Virginians to attend the event, which is scheduled for Valentine's Day in Richmond, anticipating that some will be moved to take action.
"I hope they will go out with a greater awareness of what the situation is here in Virginia, understand better what's happening all around the world and not be willing to let the status quo remain," she said. "I hope they will go out and make a change."
One Billion Rising is on Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E Leigh St. It is free and open to the public. Activities will include slam poetry, play readings, speakers, bands and a resource fair providing information. Volunteers are needed, Singer added.
Information is available at www.onebillionrising.org and on Facebook (One Billion Rising RVA).
To report acts of violence or sexual assault, Singer suggested contacting the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline for help: 1-800-838-8238.