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Texas Tech to Host One Billion Rising Event

The event is part of global campaign to stop violence against women and girls.

Written by Callie Jones

OBR is a day of action held worldwide by V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

Members of the Texas Tech University and Lubbock communities are invited to join the student organization Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and the Women’s Studies Program at 1 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 14) at Memorial Circle for One Billion Rising (OBR).

OBR is a day of action held worldwide by V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day was created in 1998 by activist Eve Ensler, author of the play “The Vagina Monologues.”

OBR began as a call to action based on the statistic that one in three 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.

“The fact that one in three women will be raped or abused in their lifetime is simply reprehensible,” said Devin Saunders, president of FMLA. “Rape culture is so deeply ingrained in our day-to-day lives that we’re often content to turn a blind eye to the crimes being committed every day and Texas Tech FMLA is committed to doing its part, however small, to raise awareness about the numerous effects of sexual violence and abuse.”

During the event, students from Texas Tech and members of the Lubbock community are invited to join together and rise up in support. Attendees will be dressed in white to show solidarity with those affected across the globe. The event will feature guest speakers, and a reading of Eve Ensler’s most recent monologue, “Rise,” as well as a recital of statistics about violence against women and girls. There also will be a choreographed dance. Food will be provided.

To learn more about the event and for an instructional video of the dance, visit www.onebillionrising.org, or the local Facebook page by searching “Lubbock One Billion Rising.”

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