One Billion Rising event: Stand up for abused women on Saturday

ONE in three women across the world are beaten or raped during their lifetime.

Locals will join a worldwide campaign against the global epidemic of violence against women at the One Billion Rising Parramatta event on February 16.

Co-ordinators of One Billion Rising say the event, which is held in 182 countries across the world, is for men and women to express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer.

Parramatta event co-ordinator Nihan Nercey said it wasn't just an event for women — but also for men to show their opposition to violence against women.

"The event raises awareness of issues like domestic violence, rape, incest, circumcision and repression," Ms Nercey said.

The Parramatta event is raising funds to support Parramatta Mission's Thelma Brown Cottage women's shelter.

Ms Nercey said everyone had a right to feel safe in their home and the cottage provided a safe environment for women and children who weren't afforded that right. One Billion Rising Parramatta will include entertainment, guest speakers and a flash mob outside the Parramatta Town Hall at 1pm.

Details: One Billion Rising Parramatta, February 16, from midday, Church Street Mall, Parramatta.

■ You can learn the flash mob dance and join in at

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