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This Valentine’s Day, instead of eating chocolate and romancing the day away, a few hundred big hearted individuals in Santa Fe are planning to descend on the Roundhouse to speak out against violence against women and girls in New Mexico and around the world. Except they won’t just be speaking, they’ll be dancing.
And they won’t be dancing alone. They will be joined by other dancers from over 170 countries around the world participating in the global event, One Billion Rising, organized by award winning writer, Eve Ensler, and her non-profit, V-Day.
In a call to action during the TedxWomen talks in December 2012, Ensler explained that according to U.N. statistics, one in three women in the world will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, which means that with just over 3 Billion women living on the planet, 1 Billion will suffer from such a violation. Ensler and the 15 year old V-Day organization have created the event to protest this reality and are asking for everyone who cares about women to join the uprising on February 14th, which they have re-named, V-Day.
Cecile Lipworth, Executive Director of V-Day Santa Fe, and Audri Marie Roybal, Zumba Instructor and fitness professional, are spear-heading the movement in Santa Fe. Lipworth and Roybal are reaching out to fitness instructors, dance teachers, and everyone else in the dance world and asking that they learn choreography to the One Billion Rising theme, Break the Chain, and show up at the Roundhouse for a FlashMob at noon on February 14th 2013.
With the controversial NM House Bill 306 currently under review, which if passed would make it a felony for a woman who gets pregnant via rape to get an abortion by classifying it as “tampering with evidence,”and increasing accusations of Republicans waging an unofficial war on women, the One Billion Rising movement is not without momentum as women’s rights and women’s issues take center stage in the state, and the nation.