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This week we have a guest post by Larissa Bellina, a Film Studies student and also a local organiser of events related to the global One Billion Rising.
One Billion Rising
On 14th February 2013 (Valentine’s Day) there will be a global event initiated by US author and activist Eve Ensler in reaction to a UN statistic according to which 1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. The event, a global strike and dance to end violence against women, addresses males and females alike: set up local activities, spread the word, perform and film, post and publish.
You don’t need much time or effort: hijack existing events, talk to a shop owner, institutions, bars, clubs and/or even your favourite hairdresser if they are willing to put up a poster on the day or present flyers, both available for free at
Additional tools are available like a press release, logos for publications and further inspiration.
Why does it matter?
Anyone can be the victim of violence. Whilst you may not be able to recognize someone who was victimized by violence they will be able to recognize and value your support. Put up your signs against violence and perpetrators.
Invitation: film! and workshop
So far three Edinburgh events are circulated widely:
1) 12-12:05 GMT, a flashmob at Waverley Train Station.
2) 1-2 pm, event at The Scottish Parliament
3) a film project (dance) by Scottish Borders: 1000 people in 1 location
If you aim to plan additional events or prefer to capture the moment on your phone, photo, camera, please do and let us know, including a brief description of your concept:
Based on films/shootings on the 14th February 2013 we will create a workshop (educational purpose) aimed to enable an affirmative approach to the topic of violence against women in Scotland. If you like to contribute with your shooting to the workshop please make sure that you clear all rights to the shootings and have these in writing. They need to include the workshop and its educational purpose.
The project will be promoted via
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