Raising awareness of violence against women on International Women’s Day

Nick Seebruch
Raising awareness of violence against women on International Women’s Day
Taylor Roberts and Cheyene Francis-Peters hold signs denouncing violence against women as Parker Mousseau stands in solidarity in the background at an International Women's Day awareness event at the Cornwall Square on Thursday

CORNWALL, Ontario – St. Lawrence Secondary School (SLSS) dance class students demonstrated their moves in the Cornwall Square Food Court for International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8.

The event was organized by Sexual Assault Support Services for Women in SD&G and Akwesasne (SASS) and SLSS dance teacher Abi Fontaine under the banner of V-Day and One Billion Rising.

One Billion Rising is a mass action organization dedicated to ending violence against women.

“The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls,” One Billion Rising states on its website.

Roughly 15 students participated in the event which involved a dance set to the song “Break the Chain”. The dance itself was choreographed by Debbie Allen.

“We want people to be educated,” teacher Abi Fontaine said of the performance. “My students are in shock that we still need this movement and that there are these things still happening around the world.”

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