Monday, 18 February 2013

One Billion Rising

Well, we did it!

On Thursday 14th Feb a small group of ladies, and a couple of lovely men, gathered in the town square here on Isle of Bute and joined 1 billion other women and men around the world to call for an end to violence and abuse towards women.

One Billion Risng was a global wake up call to the staggering number of women that are raped or are victims of abuse and violence every day on this planet.

Around the world, women came together. Fron Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everywhere inbetween!

Our little gathering took place in the pouring rain; we huddled together near the bus shelter. We didn't dance unfortunately but we joined in spirit with the many other women who did.

Due to the bad weather we cut our event short and myself and a friend who works for the local Rape Crisis Centre went along to our local internet radio station and did an interview.

All in all, it was a successful day. If my health had been better, I would have organised a much bigger event - maybe next year!!!

Here is the link to a short video I made of our event -

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

24 hours to go!

Well, less than 24 hours to go until the world rises as part of One Billion Rising!

I have been watching some amazing video's over the past few weeks from around the world so I thought I'd have a go at making one of my own to let everyone know that Bute is taking part in the global event.

Check it out and please share it, and as many other videos that you come across about OBR. Let the whole world know what is going on!!

Woke up this morning to a good covering of snow - the first we've had this winter! I just hope that its gone by tomorrow!!!

I hope you are rising tomorrow!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Change of plans!

Well, our little outdoor event on Isle of Bute has received some national media attention over the past week or so.
We got a mention in  The Guardian on Monday 28th Jan
We gat a mention on the official One Billion Rising website on 22nd Jan
A mention in The Observer on Sunday 3rd Feb
aswell as a couple of mentions on the V day Facebook page.

Really chuffed that our little event is making it good with the big events that are happening, not only across the UK but the whole planet.

So it comes as a bit of a setback that we have had to change our plans after a visit to the local police station to inform then of what we had intended to do.

We have been told no music or dancing and as long as the gathering is peaceful then we should be ok.

So the plan now is to meet in the town square, say a few words as to why we are there, take some pics and then pop round to the local internet based radio station and do an interview with them.

At least we will still be taking part in this global event.

I am so looking forward to seeing all the videos and photographs, from all the events taking place on Feb 14th.
Spread the word, Rise up and be part of something that will change the world.