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Hundreds rise against violence

By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
Published On: Feb 14 2013 02:51:03 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The latest count from the Associated Press has at least 205 countries rising up against violence today.

More than 300 people came out to the University of Montana Oval at noon today to stand up to violence against women in a world-wide dance called One Billion Rising. The Associated Press reports that the United Nations halted official business at 12:30 today to hold a rising, and that the risings range from thousands of people in the Congo to 6 girls in a room in Iran.  

I was able to join in the dancing today in Missoula and other participants tell me they are moved by the response.

Alyssa Hants is a student and says, "It was so powerful.  It was so great to be a part of such a huge community of people all rooting for the same thing and knowing that we have all been preparing for this in our own daily lives and knowing that the whole world was uniting together. It was so fun!"

Missoula dancers Tarn Ream and Jane Reynolds organized several local events celebrating One Billion Rising.  

Along with the dance at noon today, another will be held tonight at 6:00 in Caras Park with an address from Missoula Mayor John Engen.  People also will dance after the Vagina Monologues at the Dennison Theater on the University of Montana Campus Friday night  The Vagina Monologues start at 7:00 pm.  The One Billion Dance may get underway around 8:15.  

You can get more information on the worldwide movement at onebillionrising.org.