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Swift Current to be a part of V-Day’s largest day of action ever

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On Feb. 14, from 7-8:30 p.m., Swift Current will join with people 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.


One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
On Feb. 14, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Swift Current will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said founder Eve Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on Feb. 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.” 

“Risings” on Feb. 14 hope to include a creative dance expression for the children and youth in our schools during the day.
“In the evening, the community is invited to join us at the Art Gallery and Library where we will ‘rise’ together as local artists, musicians, writers, poets, actors and neighbors creatively share ways they see to rise through abuse and violence into empowerment, action, and social justice,” says Teresa Cole of Southwest Crisis Services. “We want the focus to be on the positive — the conversation about the issue itself but most importantly what we can each do toward ending the violence”.
Members of Swift Current’s Women’s Lives Theatre have been partnering with Southwest Crisis Services to explore how Swift Current will “rise” and be part of this global phenomenon.
“We invite the community to join us in this powerful movement to talk about and work to end violence against women and girls,” says local organizer Christine Ciona. “We are partnering with the Art Gallery and Swift Current Library and we have an open invitation/call out to writers, actors, dancers, musicians and passionate community members to join us.”
To learn more about One Billion Rising and V Day Swift Current, including how you can be involved, phone Christine Ciona 306-774-6478 or Teresa Cole 306-778-3386 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to learn more about V Day and its campaigns visit: http://www.vday.org.

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