The Flash Mob Dance, a creative expression performed worldwide about violence against women, will kick off the UH Hilo Women’s Center’s 25th Anniversary events.
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
Throughout the first three years of One Billion Rising, activists have used “Break The Chain” (flash mob dance) as an integral and creative aspect of their Rising events. As the campaign’s anthem the lyrics and the signature moves brought over one billion people together to rise and dance. It serves to express the call for global solidarity to end violence against women.
This will be the fourth year that the 1BR flash mob dance will be held at UH Hilo. All members of the UH community and general public are encouraged to participate or attend on Feb. 17 at 12:00 noon on the Campus Center Plaza to take a stand to end violence against women.
Rehearsals for Flash Mob Dance
Rehearsal sessions, led by Trina Nahm-Mijo, professor of women’s studies and psychology at Hawai‘i Community College, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Friday, Feb. 12, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at UH Hilo’s old gym.
Choreography by Debbie Allen for the Flash Mob Dance anthem “Break the Chain!” is availableon the 1BR website.
Rehearsal participants are asked to commit to the Feb. 17 Flash Mob event.
A special attraction for this year’s 1BR event is the distribution of 100 T-shirts to the first 100 participants. This means that anyone showing up for the rehearsal sessions will receive a t-shirt. The T-shirts are funded by a grant from the Department of Health secured by Hawai‘i Community College counselor Kenoa Dela Cruz.
For questions or more information, contact Trina Nahm-Mijo at nahmmijo(at)hawaii.edu or call 934-2574.