Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – Hundreds of Fort Wayne residents will gather Friday, February 14 with others around the world in a global movement to end violence against women and girls. It is called “One Billion Rising”.
The international campaign began in 2012 as part of the V-Day movement. In 2013, Fort Wayne trails director Lori Rose galvanized a local effort. The Summit City joined with more than 200 countries around the world. “One billion represents the statistical number of women and girls who will be impacted by violence or abuse in their lifetime,” said Lori Rose. “It’s calling upon those women and also men to rise up and take a stand to stop violence and abuse.”
NewsChannel 15 morning and noon anchor Terra Brantley and Mayor Tom Henry helped pump up last year’s crowd of about 600 who packed Parkview Field. This year Parkview expects even more. “The whole point is to come out and come as a whole great big force,” said Holly Raney, Parkview Special Events Manager.”We do have some indoor locations for them but the primary event is going to be outside. So get out, get bundled up and start dancing for a great cause.”
To get the crowd dancing, a group of people with choreographed routines will gather on a platform for the crowd to see. Those in the crowd can either follow along with the dance moves or make up their own. Organizers say the freedom of dance symbolizes unity and strength.”Dance is really about creating an energy and violence and abuse is an issue that’s been kept in the darknesss for way to long. Dance is something that really liberates people. It’s empowering and takes up space to reclaim our bodies, reclaim ourselves. So its a way to come together and unite around making this change.”
Admission is free but donations will be accepted to support five local organizations that help anyone affected by violence and abuse.