IN STEP: Franklin John-Leader of Lismore and Sandra Handley, manager of Lismore and District Women’s Health Centre, are cheered on by health centre staff back from left Lynn Harris, Andrea Brooks and Nerida Colley and seated from left Freyja Smith, Julia Melland and Rosalie Ellis in preparation for the One Billion Rising event.
IN STEP: Franklin John-Leader of Lismore and Sandra Handley, manager of Lismore and District Women’s Health Centre, are cheered on by health centre staff back from left Lynn Harris, Andrea Brooks and Nerida Colley and seated from left Freyja Smith, Julia Melland and Rosalie Ellis in preparation for the One Billion Rising event. Jacklyn Wagner

A billion reasons to dance

THIS Valentine's Day, February 14, women across the world will be dancing to a different beat as they raise their hands and move their feet in support of a world safe for all females.

The One Billion Rising campaign - whereby women will be dancing in events across the globe to raise awareness of violence against women - will arrive locally as a street dance event is held in Lismore.

The aim is to get one billion women standing up across the globe and dancing on Val- entine's Day in "rising events".

Lismore and District Women's Health Centre has organised the Lismore Rising, and manager Sandra Handley said it was something they couldn't not do.

The Lismore Rising dance will be held on February 14, 4.30-6.30pm, at the corner of Magellan and Molesworth Sts in the park near the transit centre.

The Vagina Monologues, by One Billion Rising influencer, supporter and female issues writer Eve Ensler, is being performed at The Star Court Theatre that evening, raising money for local organisations that help women in tough situations, so dancers can go along to some great theatre after the dance.

Visit onebillionrising.org for details.



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