One Billion Rising Chelsea YWCA 11am


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1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise — in hundreds of countries across the world — to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness — one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. – The Huffington Post

It is with great pleasure and passion that the YWCA will host an event to join the global movement for One Billion Rising (OBR). This is a global campaign that seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and girls around the world. Statistically, 1 in 3 women and girls on the planet will be raped or beaten at some point in their lifetime. That is One Billion people.

OBR is a unique movement because it seeks to draw attention to this issue and foster healing for survivors by using creative expression, through music and dance. Oftentimes, violence against women is a difficult issue to discuss in our community and amongst our friends and families. One Billion Rising gives us an opportunity to come together with a positive and vibrant intention to seek justice, give hope, share aloha and support the healing process for those whose lives have been touched by violence – all while participating in the joy of music and dancing.

As part of the global community and as a way to recognize our diverse population and share our Aloha, we are hosting the 2nd Annual One Billion Rising- Kaua’i at the Kapaa Beach Park on February 14, 2015. We will bring together many different types of artists, musicians, dancers, and community leaders from across the island to participate in this one day, family friendly event. We will welcome Taiko drummers, the KCC International Student Club, Native American Dancers, Hula Halaus, keiki activities and more. We invite everyone to come and participate in the OBR Dance – Break the Chain (which will be performed by anyone who would like to join) as the highlight of our event.