​Dance, marches, poetry to combat violence against women this Valentine's Day

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 03:27 hrs

New Delhi: People from all walks of life will come together in the capital on Thursday to participate in cultural events as part of the 'One Billion Rising' global campaign, making the demand to end violence against women and children.

Women organisations, elected representatives, legal luminaries, actors, artists, NGOs and academic institutions apart from individuals are expected to participate in the day-long programme, its organisers said. The campaign will simultaneously be held in 200 other countries.

In the national capital, its highlight will be a cultural event at Parliament Street between 5 and 8 pm, which will feature a play followed by song and dance performances by students of Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House and Kamala Nehru College. A group of wheelchair-bound youths will also undertake dance acts at a number of Metro stations during the day to raise awareness on the safety of women.

"We thank Delhi Metro for joining OBR campaign to make Delhi a safe, gender-friendly and inclusive city," Anjlee Agarwal, executive director of Samarthayam, an organisation working for the rights of the differently-abled, said. South Asia Coordinator of the OBR campaign Kamla Bhasin said, "We are launching Indian women's and girl's freedom struggle tomorrow and we are going to question every patriarchal establishment including ourselves. We seek freedom from patriarchy and freedom from violent masculinity.

"So, for us, 'OBR' is for justice, equality, peace and harmony. We need to work on all aspects of life - laws, governance, family, culture, religion, media - and today we commit to carry forward this freedom movement," she said. The campaign has received support from the Dalai Lama and Sangay Choden Wangchuk, the Queen Mother of Bhutan.

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