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AZ Takes Part in Global Effort to End Violence Against Women

IMAGE: One Billion Rising comes to several Arizona communities on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) to focus on ending violence against women.
IMAGE: One Billion Rising comes to several Arizona communities on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) to focus on ending violence against women.
February 6, 2013

PHOENIX - Arizona will be a part of a global event taking place in 189 countries and aimed at ending violence against women everywhere.

One Billion Rising is the brainchild of author and activist Eve Ensler, who traveled around the world and saw violence perpetrated against women in various forms. She decided to bring some serious attention to the issue.

"One in three women, all over the planet, will be raped or beaten or abused in her lifetime," said Susan Singer, one of the organizers. "One in three people - that makes for 1 billion people on the planet."

The idea, Singer said, is that 1 billion people around the planet will rise up and say "no" to violence. She said she wants people across the nation who attend an event on Valentine's Day to be moved to take some action.

"I hope they will go out with a greater awareness of the situation; that they'll understand better what's happening all around the world; that they will not be willing to let the status quo remain and they will go out and make a change."

Events are planned for Feb. 14 in Metro Phoenix, Tucson, Green Valley, Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff. Men and women are being asked "to dance, to strike, to rise." The events are free and open to the public. More information is online at onebillionrising.org.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ