Nelson joins the One Billion Rising movement

Nelson is being asked to join the One Billion Rising movement. - photo submitted
Nelson is being asked to join the One Billion Rising movement.
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Join the One Billion Rising global movement around the world and rise together in response to the terrifying statistic that one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime.

Locally there are two events to include all members of the community (men welcome) and to celebrate the Nelson and District Women Centre’s 40th anniversary — the longest running rural Women’s Centre in all of Canada.

One Billion Rising will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. Organizers want the world to see collective strength, numbers and solidarity across borders.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Eve Ensler, the woman responsible for starting the movement. “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.

“When we come together on February 14 to demand an end to violence against women and girls, it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

In Nelson the first local One Billion Rising event will take place on February 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Self Design High (Legion building).

It’s a family friendly, inspired series of dance workshops led by talented local dance teachers. Workshops offered include a women’s self defense class, belly dance with Shauna Robertson, bhangra/afro house folkfusion cardio/warm up with Slava Doval, hip hop with Julie Turgeon and capoeira with Amber Santos. Everyone is welcome and classes are open to all levels. Sliding scale, $5-$15/per class or $30/day. Tickets available at the door.

On February 14 there will be a One Billion Rising V-day Dancing Revolution at The Royal from 5 to 8 p.m. The night will include uplifting, empowering music by DJ Laurie Langille of Meox Mix, inspiring speakers, short videos, spoken word, and most importantly, lots of dancing.

Women are encouraged to come rise and connect with women around the globe. Men are called on to join to stand up for their sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters.

There will be live-streaming this event on the women’s centre  website:

Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets go on sale today and will be available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store,, and the Nelson Women’s Centre.

To learn more visit their Facebook page at, email  or call the Nelson Women’s Centre at  250-352-9916.


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