Prestonians are being urged to get their dancing shoes on to be part of a demand to end violence against women across the world.Advertisement
Figures show more than 4,000 women aged between 16 and 59 in Preston have suffered from domestic violence in the past year.
The University of Central Lancashire is organising a free event which joins the One Billion Rising for Justice (VDay) campaign taking place around the globe.
It will see people come together in the city centre to dance and sing for a stop to domestic violence.
Russell Hogarth, co-founder and chair of the UCLan Creative Communities Group (CCGUK) which has organised the gathering, said: “Helen Butler, founder of the website Feminine and Fabulous which supports women who are feeling unfulfilled and depressed, kindly brought this event to the attention of the CCGUK again this year. We are encouraging people to join us in the Fishergate Centre to take part in this global dance event to highlight the shocking global statistics of one billion and rising violent attacks against women.
“This year we will be joining forces live on the web with Creative Communities Group colleagues in Nigeria who will be dancing alongside us. We will have dance instructor and World Salsa dance champion Phil Kaila and Salsa Northwest helping us with the routine accompanied by live music. It will be a fun and entertaining event that raises awareness of a serious issue at the same time.”
The campaign group take over the Healthy Planet store in the Fishergate Shopping Centre from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 14 February. The video below shows last year’s dance event. If you’re on our app click here to watch it.
Last year’s event took place inside the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre at the university.
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