The University of Southampton Students’ Union have announced that they will hold a One Billion Rising event tomorrow (14th February) in an effort to stand up against gendered violence.
The event – which is in collaboration with Southampton Women’s Aid – will begin at 6.30pm on the redbrick area outside SUSU, and aims to increase awareness of violence based on gender, through the sharing of stories to empower attendees. The evening will also include a dance, together with millions of people around the world.
The One Billion Rising campaign works internationally to eradicate domestic abuse, violence or harassment. In 2013, One Billion Rising events took place across 207 countries, but this is the first time that the campaign has been brought to Southampton.
Claire Gilbert, VP Engagement at SUSU said: “Gendered violence is not something we should leave to be reported in newspapers or blogs, be tweeted about or shared – it is something that we should fight in any way we can. I am proud that we as a Student Union we are taking a public stand with Southampton Women’s Aid.”