One Billion Rising worldwide event takes place at UH West Oʻahu on Feb. 12

A person holding a poster that says, "Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence."

The signature “Break the Chain” dance, a sea of teal and pink attire, and prize giveaways will once again be among the highlights of this yearʻs One Billion Rising event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 12, at the Nāulu Center.

One Billion Rising, a movement toward ending gender-based violence, takes place every February in countries across the world. The UH West Oʻahu Compliance Hui is sponsoring the event on campus to show unity and solidarity on a variety of issues affecting communities. The theme for this yearʻs event is “Raise the Vibration.”

The “Break the Chain” dance routine, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will be recorded and posted online, as is the case with other sites performing dances at One Billion Rising events across the world.

The event will end with prize giveaways. Students can win a $50 gift card to Restaurant 604 by either participating in the dance or holding a sign during the dance, which will earn a prize entry. Earn an extra prize entry by wearing pink or teal attire while dancing or sign-holding.

Also, One Billion Rising is a Kaiāulu award point event, so faculty and staff who want to earn an extra Kaiāulu participation point should take part in the dance or hold a sign during the dance. Earn another Kaiāulu point participation by wearing pink or teal attire during the dancing or sign-holding.

According to its website, One Billion Rising is considered the biggest mass action to end violence against women – cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence – in human history. Launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, the campaign began as a call to action based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, which adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

The campus event is organized by the Compliance Hui, an initiative to ensure UH West Oʻahu campus engages in necessary and appropriate awareness and programming as required by with state and federal laws. State law requires that UH campuses provide training on Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act, and related UH Policies. It also ensures compliance with federal laws and regulations requiring training or programming, including the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Clery Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Click here for more information about the campus event.

Image courtesy of UHWO Staff