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Rise up, release and dance your protest.

On February 14 2013, over 2,000 people filled Melbourne’s Fed Square; rising up and dancing a resounding ‘NO’ to the violence and exploitation experienced by 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.

We danced in solidarity with millions across the globe – all part of a grassroots uprisings dedicated to bringing attention to the issues underpinning the mistreatment of women and girls in their communities.

Being visible, raising one’s voice, embodying protest through dance – these actions were revolutionary for many participants and took unimaginable courage in many cases.

An event evolved into a movement.

Here in Melbourne, we have co-created a dynamic, supportive and empowering community of people dedicated to raising awareness, fostering empowerment and calling out for change.

This year, in 2014 – we Rise for Justice!

Our goal is to bring attention to the poor outcomes experienced by women as they try to navigate complex legal and political systems in their struggle to overcome violence and exploitation.

Women deserve to be believed when they report rape, harassment, abuse and exploitation.

Women deserve to have their needs and realities taken into consideration when laws are passed that have a direct impact on their reproductive, parental, financial and legal rights.

Community and political attitudes towards violence in the domestic sphere need to change, in recognition of how many women are victim to violence, rape and abuse in the supposed safety of their own homes.

This call to action and invitation to dance our commitment to creating change is resonating across the community.

Supporters lending their voice to our campaign come from the political, military, entertainment and community sectors. We are thrilled to include Hon. Governor General Quentin Bryce, Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Natasha Stott Despoja, Faustina Agolley, Nicole da Silva and Claire Hooper as endorsers of our vision for a society in which respectful relationships flourish, women can be free of fear and justice is accessible for all.

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The event itself will be a fusion of dance from around the world, drumming, advocacy and action. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive, safe space for all the attendees; everyone is welcome, because it requires everyone on board to create meaningful, lasting change.

One Billion Rising Melbourne is proud to be creating space for diverse voices to be heard and for so many communities to feel represented in the event.  Once again, our organising committee is wholly driven by the passion and dedication of volunteers, drawn from Melbourne’s women’s, family, disability, entertainment and educational sectors.

February 14 will be our time to gather together as a community, to raise our voices and move our bodies in celebration of our commitment to justice and our dedication to creating meaningful change.

Join us on February 14 2014 as we RISE up, RELEASE and DANCE our protest!

Event Details:

What: One Billion Rising Melbourne Dance Protest

When: Friday 14th February 2014, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Meet at Fed Square’s Main Stage –

6-7pm: dance, be inspired, rise up!

7-8pm: dance across the Princes Bridge to Queen Victoria Gardens for our One Billion Rising Dance Party / Protest

Why: Because 1 in 3 women will experience violence and/or exploitation in their lifetime – that’s One Billion too many!

Contact us:

One Billion Rising Melbourne websitewww.obrmelbourne.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingMelbourne

Twitterwww.twitter.com/OBRMelbourne

Instagram: www.instagram.com/obrmelbourne

Watch the movie!! One Billion Rising Melbourne 2013

RSVP on the official websitehttp://www.onebillionrising.org/events/one-billion-rising-melbourne/

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