Dancing against violence

By Trish Snyder

One of every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated.
On February 14, the world came together in One Billion Rising and said “enough. The violence ends now!” Women and those who love them were invited to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.
One Billion Rising celebrated the power of women to stand up and speak out. It happened around the world in 192 countries, and many millions participated. Twenty-five million in Bangladesh formed human chains across the county; the Women’s Coalition of the French parliament danced, as did participants here, in the Plaza Cívica of San Miguel de Allende.
The effort was spearheaded worldwide by Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues. In San Miguel the event was a collaborative effort of the Previolencia program at CASA with support from the administration of the city of San Miguel, Klaudia Oliver, Patty Arrieta, Brigham Golden, El Sindicato and the hundreds of people who danced a routine taught by Arrieta to the One Billion Rising anthem “Break the Chain.”

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