One Billion Rising is a worldwide movement that works to create conversation, raise awareness, and ultimately end violence against women. To get people talking, the project is holding a dance party in Toronto—along with other cities across the globe—tonight at the Opera House (735 Queen St. E.).
Speakers include Michele Landsberg, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Carolyn Bennett, and Mike Layton; performers include The White Pine Dance Group, GOIN Steady DJs, Toronto Groove Dancers, and REVERSE DJs. The event promises a fun, inclusive, accessible (all-ages), community-driven, and passionate evening of solidarity and activism. One Billion Rising is the collective voice of women—and the men who support them—everywhere.
While a specific beneficiary hasn’t been determined yet, all proceeds from tonight’s event will go to a local organization or individual that is, according to the OBR website, “committed to being a force for change in the fight to combat violence against women and girls.”
After all, “One Billion Rising is:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being”
Things get started at 7pm; you can get your tickets here (and be sure to join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter).
Studies show that a staggering one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime—let’s raise our voices and change that. We won’t stand for injustice, but we will stand up.