Groups join global campaign to stop violence against women

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Today, Thursday, Feb. 14, CODA, Hope Haven, the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

One Billion Rising 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 one billion women and girls. On Thursday, February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Lowcountry residents will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said V-Day founder Eve Ensler. “Now, 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.”

CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse), Hope Haven, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry will be holding a dance exhibition and community awareness event on February 14.  Join them on the Beaufort campus, outside of Building 12, at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To sign up and learn more, visit www.onebillionrising.org.