Penryn outdoor disco highlights campaign to end violence against women: VIDEO

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A group of peace-minded dancers joined together for an “outdoor disco” in Penryn this week as part of global campaign to end violence against women and promote gender equality.

One Billion Rising was a one day event, which called for a billion women around the world to walk away from their homes, businesses and jobs and join together on Thursday, February 14 to dance in a show of collective strength.

The word “billion” refers to the estimated 1,000,000,000 women who are survivors of abuse globally, according to the campaign.

Belle Benfield, who is hosting the Penryn event, said the group gathered to have a good boogie in the courtyard at Jubilee Wharf.

(BELOW) - The dance in Jubilee Wharf, Penryn aimed to raise money for domestic abuse centre W.A.V.E

For more information about One Billion Rising visit onebillionrising.org.

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1:30pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Wave says...

Call for gender equality yet ask for women only to take part?
What about males who wish to take part or males that are victims of abuse in the world?
Gender should not come into it at all.
It should just be about action against persons that suffer abuse.
Or age for that matter too, then children could take part.
Call for gender equality yet ask for women only to take part? What about males who wish to take part or males that are victims of abuse in the world? Gender should not come into it at all. It should just be about action against persons that suffer abuse. Or age for that matter too, then children could take part. Wave
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3:15pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Very good point Wave, I have been a victim of violence by men myself but I do agree men get assaulted as well by the opposite sex and have as much right to protection as women do.
Very good point Wave, I have been a victim of violence by men myself but I do agree men get assaulted as well by the opposite sex and have as much right to protection as women do. Gill Zella Martin 09
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3:39pm Thu 14 Feb 13

meerkats says...

How can you promote gender equality with this event and then say its only for women. Men get assaulted by women but i think they are too embarrassed to admit it. Any violence is wrong and everyone should be allowed to be protected.
How can you promote gender equality with this event and then say its only for women. Men get assaulted by women but i think they are too embarrassed to admit it. Any violence is wrong and everyone should be allowed to be protected. meerkats
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6:18pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Wave says...

Males also get assaulted by other males.
It needn't be from a relationship at home it might be from a peer group of "friends" or from work, or from school/college if they are of that age.
Males also get assaulted by other males. It needn't be from a relationship at home it might be from a peer group of "friends" or from work, or from school/college if they are of that age. Wave
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8:09pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

My experience was someone I didn't know, so I agree it does not have to be in a relationship or in the home, but I suppose the issue they are trying to raise specifically in this instance is violence against women, like when they raise specific awareness about violence against the elderly and vunerable adults, therefore they could just raise awareness about all violence, however there is a difference between unprovoked violence against someone and violence in a self defence capacity surely. Either way I don't believe the emphasis should be on women only if they are promoting equality.
My experience was someone I didn't know, so I agree it does not have to be in a relationship or in the home, but I suppose the issue they are trying to raise specifically in this instance is violence against women, like when they raise specific awareness about violence against the elderly and vunerable adults, therefore they could just raise awareness about all violence, however there is a difference between unprovoked violence against someone and violence in a self defence capacity surely. Either way I don't believe the emphasis should be on women only if they are promoting equality. Gill Zella Martin 09
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4:26pm Fri 15 Feb 13

molesworth says...

I'm sorry but this is quite the most bonkers thing I've heard of for a while. If it makes them feel better than good luck to them but it's not going to make any difference to abusers and bullies at all.
I'm sorry but this is quite the most bonkers thing I've heard of for a while. If it makes them feel better than good luck to them but it's not going to make any difference to abusers and bullies at all. molesworth
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11:57am Sat 16 Feb 13

Lanty Slee says...

Might raise a bit of cash though moley - and like you say, if it makes them feel better...!

I like to have a good dance now and again, even if I have nowhere to do it but in my own living room.
Might raise a bit of cash though moley - and like you say, if it makes them feel better...! I like to have a good dance now and again, even if I have nowhere to do it but in my own living room. Lanty Slee
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