SCUGOG: The world’s biggest mass action to end violence against women, One Billion Rising, is coming to Port Perry next Saturday, Feb. 20.
Participants will have a chance to carry a sign protesting violence against women and to walk down Queen St. in support of the cause. People can either custom make their sign, or can pick up a sign on location during the event.
The event is being organized by the Durham Rape Crisis Centre.
Lynn Cohen, Public Education Co-ordinator at the Centre, told The Standard this is one way that the organization is looking to reach out to clients in the North Durham area.
"We rarely have opportunities to go to the north. We have been talking a lot lately about promoting the agency to Northern Durham Region so that we are reaching as many people as we can,” she said.
The event will start at Palmer Park at noon, and is expected to be over by 2 p.m. Ms. Cohen said that this event helps to give women a greater confidence regarding their experiences.
“It gives women permission to talk about what has happened to them,” she said. “Often times they are ashamed of what has happened to them or are afraid to talk about it because they think there might be repercussions. This event says ‘Don't be afraid to speak up.’”
Ms. Cohen also added that this event is all about an entire community coming together to end violence against women.
“It is an issue that affects every community. It is about standing up for those women who have experienced violence in their lifetime. It is a community coming together and having a collective voice.”
The One Billion Rising campaign was launched in 2012. According to the campaign, one in three women on Earth will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.