By Taryn Putinta
“One in three women will either be raped or beaten in her lifetime.” That’s a big statistic; when most people read that one billion women will be raped or beaten, it makes them think, “I can’t do anything about that, I’m just one person.” Wrong. On February 14th, 2013 you can dance in two flash mobs in Leiden to raise awareness to help put an end to all of it!
Nicole Rand, a senior Psychology major at Webster University has brought this event to Webster and teamed up with the Bijlmer Project, to raise money and awareness to help end violence against women. Nicole explains her motivation behind getting everyone together for this cause. “The strike involves rising up and dancing, to shake the world into awareness to the fact that one in three women will either be raped or beaten in her lifetime, that’s 1 billion women. Hearing this statistic not only outraged me, but also made me realize that I can no longer sit back and do nothing. I must do something to try and stop the violence that so many women experience on a daily basis. Women are the greatest resource on this planet, and we/they need protection, and we need and deserve to feel safe in the world. With this event, I am trying to create awareness, awareness of this terrible fact, but also a demand to stop the violence. I think it is extremely important that all men and women take part in this event, simply due to the fact that this statistic affects everyone on the planet, not just women. It’s especially important that men stand up and fight to end this violence, since mostly men are the ones perpetrating the violence towards women. If men get together and rise to say ‘no more,’ then change will occur, and women must rise to protect their friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, cousins. Just one is too big of a number, one billion is an atrocity, and things must change.”
Every day for the last two weeks women from the staff and students of Webster have been meeting to practice their moves for the flash mob, “It’s time to break the chain,” so where are our Webster men? It’s time to step up gentlemen! Practice is every day in the Living and Learning Center.onook at the Facebook event page, One Billion Rising Leiden, to keep yourself updated and informed.
The steps are simple, the song is great, and the cause is worthy. What’s your reason to rise? One billion rising is a worldwide event that has flash mobs popping up on every continent! You can find your local rising at http://www.onebillionrising.org/.