[Brussels, 12 February 2014] In the framework of the One Billion Rising (OBR) Global Campaign 2014, initiated by V-Day, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is organizing a unique event at the European Parliament, co-hosted by MEP Isabelle Durant, to raise awareness on violence against women.
In 2013, OBR was a huge success: one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women, including highly committed MEPs and Commissioners who took part in a flashmob.
In the center of Brussels, between 800 and 1 000 people also gathered and danced in a huge flashmob to show their support to end violence against women.
This year, the EWL, European decision makers and MEPs are going to harness again their imagination to rise for justice and ask for 2016 to be the European year to end violence against women. To this end, a big board full of colourful hands (representing all the women around the globe rising for justice) will be shown at the European Parliament during the morning of the 12th of February at the Ground floor (Main Hall). MEPs will be invited to show their support and their commitment by signing the hands on the board from 9.30h onwards.
A group picture with all the MEPs will also be taken at 12.00h with the press invited to cover the event.
Afterwards, the EWL will bring this painting, at this point full of MEPs’ signatures, to the event that the EWL is co-organising together with its Belgian Members in Brussels on 14 February, in front of the Palais de Justice. This will bring great motivation to the crowd dancing and rising together!!!