Monday, 28 January 2013

OBR - London Rising - with Eve Ensler, Thandie Newton and Stella Creasy MP

Eve Ensler (writer of the Vagina Monologues) comes to London on Monday 4th February  to be special guest at  LONDON RISING, part of the One Billion Rising campaign events. One Billion Rising is the Campaign to end violence against women and girls in Britain and across the world, and OBRUK is its UK arm (#OBRUK). Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy, the Labour shadow Minister for Crime Prevention,  is helping to organise the One Billion Rising campaign in the UK

On January 16th a cross party group of MPs asked parliament to give time to a debate and vote on providing sexual and relationship education in all schools, as part of challenging the growing evidence of the violence and harassment of young girls in Britain. They  await the decision of the Backbench business committee of MPs committee.

Stella Creasy commented: ‘It is fantastic to see cross-party support for One Billion Rising – I hope all those who agree tackling violence against women should be a priority will also ask their MP to join us in this campaign. Women and those who love them are rising across the UK. Events are planned in places such as Bute, Brighton and Birmingham as well as Sussex, Swansea and South Yorkshire so its only right that the call for an end to violence against women is heard in Parliament too. Recent shocking events both here and internationally- whether in Steubenville Ohio or Battersea in London -show violence and sexual aggression is now an increasingly commonplace part of modern life for young people. To be a more equal society we need to challenge this in a way which empowers them all to make positive and healthy choices about relationships. Making sure this is on the school curriculum is a powerful way we can change the lives of future generations and challenge both boys and girls on their attitudes about what behaviour is acceptable- I hope the parliamentary authorities will listen and join this rising.’ 

V-Day officially began on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) in 1998 when Eve Ensler organised a star-studded cast to perform her play, the Vagina Monologues, in New York City to raise money for local anti-violence organisations. She comes to London on Monday 4th February  to be special guest at  LONDON RISING, a one night fundraising theatrical dance party with music, dance, songs and film that celebrates women at Café de Paris.

Produced by New Voice Company and ONE BILLION RISING Campaign Directors Monique Wilson and Rossana Abueva the evening will feature 
  • Eve Ensler performing her newest piece “Rising,” written in Kerala for the women in India who lead the way. V-Day board member, and  . . 
  • acclaimed film actress Thandie Newton will perform a special piece called “Over It,” written by Ensler to launch the ONE BILLION RISING Campaign.

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