One Billion Rising event to stand against violence

Tennessee Tech will join activists worldwide and take part in its third annual “One Billion Rising for Revolution” event Thursday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tech’s Women’s Center will co-host this gathering on North Patio of Roaden University Center.

One in three women across the world will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. This movement is a platform that brings together a group of people that are determined to create the idea of violence being an unthinkable action. Every February the supporting members rise all over the planet to show people what one billion looks like.

“For the third year in a row, Tech community members will gather to express solidarity and outrage over the continuous assault of women,” said Diana Lalani, administrative associate in the Women’s Center. “We will also celebrate our part in the positive work being done to change this.”

The Rising will include speakers and dancing activities sponsored by the TTU Women’s Center, the Tech Players and “The Vagina Monologues” cast. All of the events will take part either on the patio or the surrounding area.

“Stop by to sign our ‘Rise for Revolution’ banner and record a video of yourself stating why you are rising to end violence against women,” said Sarah Vogel, administrative associate in the Women’s Center. This video will be posted on the Women’s Center’s Facebook page.

Silent witnesses will stand with posters stating statistics from the “One Billion Rising” team’s website. No one will be speaking, just sharing their information. Unlike some protests that can be confrontational, this is a silent protest. The goal of this part of the gathering is to spread awareness of the widespread violence. A group of actors will share the “Man Prayer.”

A week after the Rising, The Backdoor Playhouse will present “The Vagina Monologues.” This benefit performance will take place Feb. 20, 21 and 23 for $15 a ticket. All proceeds will benefit local organizations that work to end violence against women.

“We rise to show our determination to change the world; one where violence will no longer be tolerated,” said Lalani.