A global Valentine's Day protest to end violence against women
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 01:14
Feb. 14 - All over the world, women are demonstrating against domestic violence this Valentine's Day. Malini Wilkes reports.
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It's a global protest to end violence against women while celebrating their energy and power.
In Istanbul, Turkey, women made up their faces in solidarity with their battered sisters.
While in the Philippines, they marched in the streets.
It's called One Billion Rising. The goal is for one billion women and the men who love them to walk out of work and dance in the streets on Valentine's Day.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS THANDIE NEWTON, SAYING:
"Rising. Everybody. Rising"
Actress Thandie Newton rallied protesters in London, gathered in front of Parliament where lawmakers were debating a requirement to discuss the issue of violence against women in British schools.
Demonstrations were much more restrained in Bangladesh-- a silent show of strength, with women lined up dressed in red flanked by their husbands and brothers.
Men also joined the protests in Sydney, Australia.
One Billion Rising was conceived by American writer Eve Ensler, best known for her play "The Vagina Monologues."
The United Nations is supporting the initiative as part of its own campaign to end violence against women.
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