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Sierra College joins global campaign to stop violence against women

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At 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Sierra College will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the statistic that 1 in 3 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 1 billion women and girl’s. On Feb. 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Sierra College will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world to express outrage, demand change, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues.” “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on Feb. 14, 2013, to demand an end to violence against women and girls, it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

One Billion Rising will be followed by Sierra College’s student-directed production of “The Vagina Monologues.” Donations accepted for the 12:30 p.m. show (seating is limited, first come/first seated) and tickets are available for the 7 p.m. showing at the door or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/316228. $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors, $5 students with ASSC stickers. Proceeds benefit Stand Up Placer. 

For more information, visit www.onebillionrising.org. To learn more about V-Day Sierra College, call (916) 660-8068 or email mseely@sierracollege.edu. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns, visit www.vday.org.