St. Scholastica’s joins ‘One Billion Rising’ drive

Photo by Danny Pata

Photo by Danny Pata

via – This is what 5,000 kids dancing vs gender violence looks like.

About five thousand female students in the Philippine capital participated in a pre-Valentine mass dance campaign highlighting a global call against gender violence and discrimination on Friday.

One Billion Rising is an international campaign initiated by Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler and usually held every February 14 to end violence against women by raising awareness through creative action and dance.

Catholic students and teachers from St. Scholastica’s College in Manila assembled on the school grounds, dancing and singing to a local adaptation of the campaign jingle telling people to rise up against violence.

Campaigners in the Philippines tapped educational institutions for this year’s advocacy, highlighting the need to empower students on gender equality and their rights.

“We thought that instead of holding the usual protests, why not do it through dancing because it’s better and it expresses our freedom of body and spirit,” said Sister Mary John Mananzan, the school’s campaign organiser.

College student Margaret Anne Mina hoped the creative action would spur further advocacy on gender empowerment.

“We feel empowered because, as young girls, we are encouraged to be aware of what happens to women worldwide. It also helps because we can influence other people through our dancing,” she said.

One Billion Rising campaigners said that about a third of women around the world have experienced physical and sexual abuse.

In the Philippines, the Women and Child Protection Center released a study which showed an increase of gender related violence from 9,485 cases in 2009 to 23,865 in 2013, with most of the cases coming from impoverished communities.

The movement hopes to spur governments and the world into action to resolve the issues of violence.

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