On Thursday, February 14, UPEI joined activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Over 200 people took part in the campus event.
ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women around the world will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than 1 billion women and girls. Today marked V-Day’s 15th anniversary where activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men around the world joined together to express their concern, demand change, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
The local initiative was spearheaded by UPEI staff member Leo Cheverie and UPEI faculty member Jennifer Taylor, and supported by the UPEI Student Union; UPEI staff, faculty, and student volunteers; and Zumba instructor Anna Lacroix who led and encouraged dancing.
For more information, visit onebillionrising.org