Valentine’s Day. The mere mention of the holiday conjures up images of greeting cards, red roses and heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates.
But this coming February 14, a group of local women will be bringing awareness of another V-Day to View.
They will join women and men worldwide in recognition of the 15th anniversary of V-Day—the movement to end violence against women and girls.
The V-Day event, One Billion Rising, will bring attention to the statistic that one billion women—one of every three women on the planet—will be violated in some way during their lifetime by rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation, bullying, or sexual harassment.
In an act of solidarity for victims of violence, participants from around the globe will gather to dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence.
Connie Perry of Inlet—who only last week became aware of One Billion Rising—is responsible for spearheading the local event.
The urgency to pull a local awareness event together was inspired by an internet article she read on gendercide in China and other countries.
“Female children are aborted, killed, or left to die simply because they are girls. That’s where this started for me. It was two related postings that led me to One Billion Rising,” she said.
Perry immediately went into action. She contacted friends Linda Valette, a life coach, and Robin Dwyer, minister of Inlet’s Church of the Lakes, to help pull a program together. Continue reading