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Still looking for something to do today or tired of the “usual” Valentine’s Day activities? If you answer “Yes!” to either of these questions, then perhaps you’ll want to  join one of the many flash mobs participating in the global  One Billion Rising movement.

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You may remember from my Valentine’s Day post of 2013, One Billion Rising is a global movement promoting an end to violence against woman and girls, initiated by the American playwright Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues .

Ireland's Mary Robinson lends her support to One Billion Rising.

Ireland’s Mary Robinson lends her support to One Billion Rising.

Ensler introduced her anti-violence V-Day campaign in 1998, when UN figures showed one in three women was beaten or sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, which amounted to one billion women worldwide. Sadly, 16 years later, the casualty count remains pretty much unchanged. In response, last year locally organised events on Valentine’s Day saw one billion women and men from 200 countries gather to promote action and awareness.

If you’re in Ireland, a One Billion Rising flash mob will be meeting shortly on Grafton Street (outside St.Stephens Green Shopping Centre) at 5pm. The event is being organised by Amnesty International UCD. Check out the dance moves here:

Another event is being held tomorrow from 6.00-10.00pm at Tai Chi Ireland. More details here:

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 8.44.07 AMTo find an event in your part of the world, please visit the One Billion Rising website.

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One Billion Rising Irish Website here: https://www.facebook.com/VDayOneBillionRisingIreland

UCD Amnesty International Website here: https://www.facebook.com/amnestyinternational.ucd

Hilary Fannin’s article in the Irish Times mentioning One Billion Rising event in Ireland here: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/happy-loved-up-lemmings-day-here-s-your-card-1.1690678

One Billion Rising blog posts at: http://www.jackizehner.com/2014/02/13/one-billion-rising-for-justice-rise-release-dance/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristi-york-wooten/eve-ensler-more-than-a-bi_b_4775067.html .

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I know today is Valentine’s Day and everyone wants to think about Champagne and chocolates and fat little cupids hurling arrows of love across the sky. But today, behind the red hearts and the roses, there is an even greater opportunity to send your love across the world. Dance.

Yes, Dance.

Today, 14th February, women and men, girls and boys will come together in Ireland and around the world to dance for a cause.  It’s a campaign of LOVE and it’s called ONE BILLION RISING. If you are a woman, know a woman, are raising a woman, love a woman…you should know about it.

Have you heard of it?

The ONE BILLION RISING global day of action is a campaign created by award-winning American playwright and gender activist Eve Ensler and V-Day, the international movement she founded to stop violence against women and girls.

Today, it is hoped that as many as one billion people will ‘rise’. That they will walk out of their homes, their work places and their schools in an act of protest against the fact that one in three women – a total of one billion women – will be beaten or raped over the course of her life.

Eve is calling on people everywhere, on this day of love, to express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer.

Ireland is answering the call.

The following are known Risings across Ireland:

  • Dublin: The Living Room, Clarendon Street, 1.00pm
  • Dublin: The Spire, O’Connell Street, 1.30pm
  • Dublin: Dáil Éireann, 2.15pm
  • Dublin: Trinity College Front Square, 3pm
  • Dublin:Connolly Station, 4pm
  • Dublin: Top of Grafton Street, 6pm
  • Donegal: In front of An Grianan Theatre 1.30pm, Main Street, Letterkenny
  • Mayo: Mayo Rising, 10.30pm, Lannagh Road, Castlebar
  • Sligo: Sligo: Sligo Rising, 6pm, Forthill, Sligo
  • Donegal: Get Donegal Dancing, 1.30pm, Main Street, Letterkenny
  • Sligo, Belta Country Market, lunchtime
  • Tipperary: Cloughjordan Rising, 8pm, Parochial Hall, Step Road, Cloughjordan
  • Galway: Galway is Rising, 1pm, Eyre Square
  • West Cork: West Cork Strike, Dance, Rise, 1.30pm, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry
  • Maynooth: Start a Rising, 2pm, NUI Maynooth
  • Ennis: 5pm, Ennis Courthouse, Zumba parade down to the Queens
  • Kerry: Into the Light, 8pm, the Square, Listowel, Co Kerry
  • Tralee: 7 – 8pm, contact details of organisers here
  • Cork: 6.30pm, St Aloysius, Sharman Crawford St, Cork
  • Cork: 5pm, Ballydehob social club, Co Cork

Go out today and show your LOVE by DANCING! For a full list of events in Ireland, visit: http://www.onebillionrising.org/page/event/search_results?orderby=day&state&country=IE&limit=100&radius_unit=mi

And, for more Irish details, visit: http://www.facebook.com/VDayOneBillionRisingIreland and


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