One Billion Rising to ascend on Feb. 14 with Break the Chain dance, other events

Photo of people raising their arms with one finger outstretched symbolizing one billion and words one billion Rising, Solidarity, Feb. 14, 2019

This semester’s One Billion Rising event will once again culminate with the dancing of the “Break the Chain” routine, though the event will feature several other event-within-event opportunities to participate. 

The campaign to end violence against women is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, in the UH West Oʻahu courtyard. The event is being organized by the campus’ 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  

One Billion Rising has grown with events worldwide since being launched on Valentine’s Day in 2012. The event began as a call to action based on violence committed against women around the world with the “Break the Chain” dance being a common element calling attention to a variety of issues affecting communities.   

The theme for this year’s UH West Oʻahu event is “Rising: From A Campaign to a Way of Life.”

UH West Oʻahu’s observance will begin with a kick-off by emcee Ryan Perreira, UH West Oʻahu Intramurals coordinator.

Other events during the day include:

  • “Healthy Relationships: Get your partner in line” a presentation by Dr. Steven Taketa, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Panel discussion, 11:30 to 12:15 p.m.
  • Oli by Puʻu Zablan, 12:30 to 12:40 p.m.
  • Break the Chain dance, 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Prize drawings and event wrap-up 100 to 1:30 p.m.

The Break the Chain dance will be videotaped and posted online, joining other One Billion Rising venues across the world doing the same.

The 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.

The Compliance Hui also scheduled other events in February, including Safe Zone Training and the showing of Leitis in Waiting, a film about transgender women fighting rising religious fundamentalism and intolerance in Tonga.  

Safe Zone Training graphic

Safe Zone Training is being offered Feb. 11 and 15

Safe Zone Training has been scheduled to coincide with the film screening. Participants in a Safe Zone Training gain knowledge and understanding about the LGBTQ+ community, and learn about expected roles and responsibilities to their campus under UH System policies. Safe Zone Training further familiarizes participants with available LGBTQ+ campus and community resources as well as strategies to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff in the UH system.

The Safe Zone Training is scheduled for 2 – 3:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 11, in D253, and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, in D146. Dr. Nolte-Odhiambo and UH West Oʻahu Student Engagement and Compliance Specialist Frankie Pasion will lead the training that is open to faculty, staff and students.

To register for Safe Zone Training:

Leitis in Waiting will be shown from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in room C-208.  There will be a question-and-answer session with the film’s producers following the screening, as well as a discussion panel with Dr. Gloria Niles, Dr. Yasmine Romero, and Dr. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo.

To register for free film screening – .

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