Wednesday, February 13, 2013

One Billion Rising - Say NO to Violence

On the eve of Valentine this year, I'm glad I joined in the cause of One Billion Rising in Singapore. It was held yesterday on Feb 13 at 8 pm at Clarke Quay Central Fountain. The main message was "SAY NO to violence against women and girls!"

Today, on the planet, a billion women – one of every three women on the planet – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated. The invitation was to all men and women in Singapore to support these one billion women and those who love them to walk out, DANCE, RISE UP, AND DEMAND an end to this violence. One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, "Enough! The violence ends now."HERE’S HOW YOU CAN START A RISING.

Witnessing the flash mob that happened, it evoked such heartfelt emotions in me. Standing together as one -

Volunteering at welfare organizations, I have seen how violence do happen in Singapore. Though unseen, it happens.Domestic Violence by beating (Physical). Verbal violence by insulting / Bullying in Youth Violence (Psychological). Sexual Assault by forcing (Sexual). Elderly deprivation (Neglect).  And my prayer go out to all of them who have experienced it and have permanent scars left in their life. I pray for healing.

Also I thank the Lord for Singapore being such a safe place where I do not have to worry when I walk the streets at midnight hours.

For the Delhi girl who suffered from the sexual assault, I believe it has come to a point where our eyes are open to whats' truly happening around in the world.
Forced child marriages in some countries.
Talking to another men (other than your husband) will cause one to be stoned.
Honor Killings that happen when one marries out of caste 
This is just a few of such incidents. Totally Horrible.

Here is the starting video of One Billion Rising. A summary of what I have just describe,

A huge thank you to the 2 organisers who have arranged for this whole event. It was very meaningful indeed.


And also kudos to the group who came up with a dance to align with the theme STRIKE, DANCE and RISE to One Billion Rising anthem "Break The Chain"
Created in Singapore by dancers, this music dance video initiated by Yiling Lai and actualized by Eunice Wong and Aaron.

1. A united response by dancers in Singapore, of 7 different dance genres to One Billion Rising - the international movement against violence towards women. 

2. A call to awareness and to touch, move and inspire the more fortunate in the world towards action to LOVE.
It's LOVE IN MOTION - transforming the world to love.

Gracing the event was MP Penny Low and also a few dance group. Here's the one I like most that is a product from SIP (Social Innvation Park)
BIG IS GORGEOUS who is Singapore Magazine for plus size women. I love their energy level!
If you missed the event yesterday and want to catch a brief of it
Here's snippets of it

Ending off this reflective post,
I want to wish everyone "Happy Valentine's Day!"

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