One Billion Rising, Southampton event



On 14th February 2013, at 7 pm, Hampshire Feminist Collective will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

ONE BILLION RISING 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. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Hampshire Feminist Collective will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

We will be dancing in Southampton.  Please meet us at 19.00 outside Central Library on Commercial Road, from which we will move into Guildhall Square to get our Dance On!! For the flash mob to work try to get to meeting spot by 19.00, but if you’re running late just look for the group of people dancing in Guildhall Square and join in. To tie in with Valentines Day theme we will be wearing red and it would be great if you could do the same. (Maybe a red hat, scarf, gloves, a bandanna or a umbrella. Anything you can wear while you dance will do!)

Then we’ll be off to a pub/bar/cafe for a social. Probably either: Goblets, The Frog & Parrot (which used to be the Old Fat Cat) or The Art House if they don’t mind us ruining a romantic atmosphere.

Please bring family, partners and friends and join us for a good evening. It should be a nice anti-commercial alternative to Valentine’s Day.  A celebration anyone can join in, regardless of if they’re in a relationship or not!

If you can’t join us in Southampton then don’t let that stop you dancing! We’d love to see photos and videos of people dancing all over the county if you’re willing to share them.

More information about the event and why we’re rising visit the official ONE BILLION RISING website. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls.