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Eastern Hosts "One Billion Rising" Presentation

Eastern Connecticut State University's Women's Center will host "One Billion Rising" from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the Student Center Lobby.

Around the world, one in every three women will be sexually or physically assaulted in her lifetime. On Valentine's Day, Eve Ensler, the founder of One Billion Rising, encourages men and women to join the global campaign to end sexual violence. The organization encourages one billion women and those who love them to walk, dance, rise up and demand the issues of sexual- and gender-based violence to be addressed. Eastern students are invited to dance and support the Women's Center mission to promote One Billion Rising and its goal of bringing sexual violence against women to light.

According to a World Bank report, it is estimated that sexual violence against women was as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill-health than traffic accidents and malaria combined. Sadly, the human cost of gender-based violence is invisible in many countries. Fear and shame continue to prevent many women from speaking out, and data collected is often insufficient and inconsistent. Even in countries that enjoy relative peace and prosperity, many women are living in a constant state of fear and insecurity.

For more information on the program and the One Billion Rising organization, contact Starsheemar Byrum at (860) 465-4314 or

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