Rise Up to Violence Against Women on Valentine’s Day

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At 12:35pm on February 14, Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) will join with activists around the world for ‘One Billion Rising’,  the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler. The College invites its members and the public to dance, sing, express their solidarity or simply observe the demonstration in the Technology Hall Atrium.

 

At 12:35pm on February 14, Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) will join with activists around the world for ‘One Billion Rising’ began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. On Feb. 14,V-Day’s 15th anniversary, NVCC will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer.

 

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day. “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 February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

 

For more information about NVCC’s participation in V-Day, contact Yhara Zelinka at yzelinka@nv.edu, Karla Ekquist-Lechner at kekquist-lechner@nv.edu, or call the NVCC Women’s Center at (203)575-8299.

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