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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Lovers` Day to focus on gender violence awareness

12th February 2013
Valentine Day

The global campaign aimed at stopping violence against women and girls dubbed ‘One Billion Rising’ is set to take place in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

It is a day that others have found controversial but general consensus has it that the contradiction of love and violence bares a clear manifestation of the horror women go through facing violence mostly from persons they love, husbands, relatives, employers, friends and others.

The event will attract different activists from around the globe for One Billion Raising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

Expected to attend are, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and other stakeholders  from across the World all convening in the ‘city of peace’ Dar es Salaam to express their outrage and to demand change, advocate for policy enforcement…all in all, to express their disapproval of the injustices women suffer.

 “…we started V-Day 14 years ago…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…”Eve Ensler, the organiser explained.

According to Ensler, the event 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 a Billion women and girls.

This is a communal problem and everyone is a stake holder, given the statics then everyone has a female relative who has been abused so people from all walks of life are encouraged to participate, to come together on that day to join in the fight against violence towards women and girls and say no to violence.

One Billion rising is an NGO which calls for an end to violence, for justice and gender equality globally.



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