Cayman joins ‘One Billion Rising’

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is inviting women, girls and those who love them to join the global campaign “One Billion Rising”, which seeks to put an end to violence toward women.  

According to V Day, the global activist movement behind One Billion Rising, one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. This means more than one billion women on Earth will be victims of violence. To mark the 15th anniversary of V Day the movement has launched its most ambitious plan to date: One Billion Rising.  

The aim is to mobilise women and girls around the world to take part in “risings”. These risings take different forms and can be anything from strikes and protests to flash mob dances.  

For the first time this year, the Cayman Islands will be part of One Billion Rising. The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre’s director, Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, was introduced to the event by a friend of the centre, Paola Robinson.  

“When Paola Robinson approached me about One Billion Rising it felt absolutely perfect for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, to not only participate in this event but to actually organise it,” Ms Mmilanowska-Sedgley said. “The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is a charitable organisation that provides safe shelter and support services for women and children – victims of domestic violence.  

“So far, 200 countries have confirmed their participation in this worldwide event and, this year, One Billion Rising will take place in the Cayman Islands as well,” she added. 

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, with the support of the Cayman Islands Red Cross, is inviting the public to join them on the Crescent at Camana Bay from 6 to 6.30pm on Thursday, 14 February, to add their voices to the global call for an end to violence toward women. 

Around the world, people are learning the steps to a simple dance to the song “Break the Chain”, which will be performed for One Billion Rising. A dance tutorial is available online on the One Billion Rising website – www.onebillionrising.org – so that the public may practice the steps in advance.  

On Thursday, the Crisis Centre is teaming up with a local Bollywood dance teacher Rachna Buxani, who will first demonstrate the dance. She will then explain the moves from start to finish before getting everyone to perform the dance together. 

The public is welcome to join the event. 

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