Wellington Rape Crisis joins call to end global violence
Wellington Rape Crisis joins Valentine’s Day call to end global violence
On Thursday 14th February, Wellington Rape Crisis will support One Billion Rising Wellington, part of a global movement calling for an end to violence against women and girls.
One Billing Rising Wellington will take place from midday to 1pm in Frank Kitts Park. Wellingtonians will have an opportunity join this show of collective strength spanning as far as Sudan, Korea and Greenland.
For the past 15 years, Valentine’s Day has been the focus on V-Day, a global activist movement that annually organises creative anti-violence events. Last year Wellington Rape Crisis produced a V-Day fundraising performance of ‘A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer’ which featured Wellington actors and MPs Grant Robertson, Metiria Turei and Jan Logie.
The Wellington event will be MC’ed by Natalie Gousmett, Agency Manager of Wellington Rape Crisis. Gousmett says her agency is proud to take part in One Billion Rising and show their support for this important cause.
“Globally one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime”, says Gousmett. “That’s one billion women and girls. At Wellington Rape Crisis we see the effects of violence against women every day. One Billion Rising is a powerful opportunity for us all to demand an end to this violence.”
“Wellington Rape Crisis wants to see a world free of rape and sexual abuse; we refuse to accept violence against women and girls as a social norm and that is why we choose to support One Billion Rising”, says Gousmett.