‘One Billion Rising’ Draws Large Attendance In Effort to Mitigate Violence Against Women

Todd E. Lovato | - February 14, 2013

A impassioned crowd gathered outside of the New Mexico State Capitol, Thursday, during a rally to bring change and awareness to violence and abuse of women, both locally and throughout the world. Hundreds of supporters and spectators participated in the One Billion Rising event, which included speeches by state legislators and organizers, poetry readings and a choreographed flash mob dance. The phalanx of impromptu dancers created a near semicircle across the front of the Roundhouse. The group then made its way in a march from the Capitol to the Santa Fe Farmers Market in the Railyard where events continue until 8:30 p.m., including a “One Billion Rising Embodydance” at the Railyard Performance Center at 6:30 p.m.

The One Billion Rising organization and global network empowers local coordinators to create do-it-yourself "risings" to bring attention to violence against women. Other One Billion Strong V-day assemblages took place in cities throughout the U.S., as well as in Iguassu Falls, Brazil; Jerusalem, Israel; and New Delhi, India.

“I have never been more proud to be a part of anything in my entire life,” said event coordinator Cecile Lipworth, the executive director of V-Day. “(Seeing) everyone who came out here today – the crowds, the masses – I know in my deepest heart, that we can all join together to stop violence against women and girls. We can do it today. And we can do it now.”

Photos by Andrew Kastner and Jessica Preston