An international event that aims to stop violence against women and children is taking place in Vernon on Valentine’s Day.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the global activist movement started by Eve Ensler (creator of The Vagina Monologues) to end violence against women and girls, One Billion Rising is inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence.
“Violence not only against women in this way, but towards all of humanity, must stop and we feel there is a better way,” said local event organizer Nenari Diamond. “For this charity dance, we will not only dance but we will also be showing all that way — how to end violence to one another and take a stand for love, for balance, rising in love to foster and maintain true love and honouring one another and embracing our differences.”
The event to take place at the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living will feature dancing with dance steps to Break the Chain performed by Fred Murray, a skit called the LIE (Love Intention Experiment), an apology letter to women read by Fred Murray, and music performances by Manfred Harter and Lani Marie.
The event is expected to be livestreamed to 197 countries across the globe and will be by donation at the door with proceeds going to the musicians performing as well as to the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living and also to help men and women of abuse and rape.
Thursday’s event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. The Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living, is located at 2913 29th Ave. More information on One Billion Rising is available at onebillionrising.org.