City Hall surprise event says no to violence against women

February 19th, 2013

One Billion Rising City Hall

Labour Assembly Member Jennette Arnold OBE AM danced last week (Thursday 14 February) as part of a flashmob event at City Hall to raise awareness of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign. The event, held in conjunction with GLA UNISON, aimed to take action to tackle violence against girls and women across the world.


Over 13,000 organisations were involved in this global campaign on the 15th anniversary of V-day. London Assembly Members from all political parties joined the flashmob along with GLA staff, employees and supporters of Tender who promote healthy relationships and dancers taught by choreographer Mimmo Miccolis.

The One Billion Rising campaign invited men and women to rise up globally and participate in dance events. The campaign highlights the extent of the problem:

  • One in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime
  • Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former

 London Labour Assembly Member Jennette Arnold OBE AM said:

“I wanted the message from City Hall on V-Day to be loud and clear – that violence against girls and women is unacceptable. It was fantastic to see that London Assembly Members from all political groups support this campaign and danced with us to raise awareness of this major issue which affects one in every three females around the world.

“It’s time to say no to violence against women and girls. It should not be a normal part of life. It’s time for individuals and the media to recognize that we should have a zero tolerance approach to violence against women.”

Marilù Martone, Flashmob Organiser said:

“The strong idea, the project, the people involved and the locations where we had the chance to perform have offered us the opportunity to transmit our message to a wide and variegated audience made of common people and politicians. That’s been incredible.”

Mimmo Miccolis, professional dancer, choreographer and winner of the BBC Performing Arts Fund and Francesco Germini, Flashmob music composer said:

“It was amazing seeing our flashmob in such a great place. This time the dance broke down barriers between politicians and people.”

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