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One Billion Rising movement to hit Bozeman

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 12 2013 11:11:06 PM MST
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

People from more than 190 countries will rise up on Valentine's Day to fight violence against women- and Bozeman will be one of those communities.

In cities across the globe people are getting ready to break out into an international dance for the first ever One Billion Rising movement.

The One Billion Rising organizer in Bozeman, Randa Chehab, said she knew she had to get Bozeman involved after a chance meeting with the movement's leader, Eve Ensler.

Ensler, a globally known playwright and feminist activist, ended up spending time with Randa in India.

Randa said one in three women are raped, and it equals one billion women around the world.

She said it's a subject that everyone- whether they realize it or not- is connected to. So she's hoping to spread awareness about violence and rape, to help stop it.

"We're coming together to dance because dance is an expression and it's healing" she said. "It's a way to bring everyone into their body, and into the moment. And we're rising to the occasion to actually end violence against women and girls."

The One Billion Rising movement is hitting cities across Montana on Valentine's Day. Participants in Bozeman will learn the "Break the Chain" dance, watch short movies and hear from speakers like a local DJ and a physician.

The community will gather at the MSU Sub Ballroom 235 at 2:30 pm. In Butte, the event will be held at the Student Union Building at Montana Tech from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Randa said anyone in the community is invited to attend.