Downtown flashmob sends anti-violence message

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Several dozen students and a few teachers strutted their stuff downtown during a noonhour flashmob to draw awareness to violence against women.

The collection of St. Lawrence Secondary School students and teachers is part of a worldwide movement to show solidarity against violent acts and oppression, said Abi Fontaine, one of the organizers of the flashmob at Pommier Square.

"It's very much an empowerment project," said Fontaine, also a dance teacher at St. Lawrence. "There are no sponsors or anything like that. It's art with a purpose."

The Cornwall flashmob was part of "One Billion Rising" - an international movement that spotlights violence against women and ways for individuals to cast aside oppresive actions.

The organization's website suggests one in three women worldwide will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

"I think it's crucial," Fontaine said of getting young people involved in the movement. "Everyone is from a woman."

While the vast majority of the participants in Thursday's flashmob were women, and young girls, there were a few boys too.

"It's critical to get boys involved too," said Fontaine. "They need to understand how they should act with women."

The event also served to promote a production of VDay Monolgues - a takeoff on the popular Vagina Monolgues - which takes place March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall.

We have posted photos from the event in a slideshow on our homepage.

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  • Donna MacGillivray
    February 14, 2013 - 17:11

    That was amazing! So proud of each and every one of you! You will all make a difference in this world!!!

  • Abigail Fontaine
    February 14, 2013 - 16:50

    Thanks again for all the wonderful coverage of our event!!