On February 14th 2013, students, faculty, and staff of St. George’s University and local community organisers joined forces with millions of others around the world to be part of One Billion Rising – a global call to action to end violence against women and girls.
We danced, sang and practised yoga to remind everyone that a reduction in violence starts with a change in our attitudes. We have to acknowledge that here at home, in Grenada, the issues are real and gender-based violence does exist.
We have to stop blaming the victims and we need to stand in support of those who need our help. On that day we took the white ribbon pledge, in which we pledged to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls, and promised to be part of the solution to ending all forms of this violence.
The rising did not stop there. We also hosted three benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s award winning play, The Vagina Monologues.
The proceeds from these performances will go to support the efforts of organisations such as GNOW, GRENAIDS, GRENCHAP and Cedar’s Home for Abused Women and their Children.
If you or someone you love is a victim of gender-based violence or if
you have committed acts of violence and would like help, contact GNOW, the LACC or the Domestic Violence Unit in the Ministry of Social Development.
We are rising because no one wins in a cycle of violence. We are rising because love is much stronger than hate. We are rising for the women and girls who don’t have the courage to do so yet.
With International Women’s Day on March 8th, Grenadians have yet another opportunity to rise. Why are you rising?
(The above was submitted by Sacha Pierre and Alyssa Bierzynski of SGU V-Day)