Valentine's day wasn't just a day for sweethearts. It was also a worldwide day of revolution—make that a "dancing revolution"— which included may Salt Lake City residents.
More than 200 people at the Utah State Capitol became part of millions more around the globe who danced for the One Billion Rising movement (Check out oure photo gallery from the event). They hoped to bring awareness to the fact one out of three women worldwide, or one billion women, suffers physical and sexual abuse during her lifetime.
The One Billion Rising website announced that the day "will look like a revolution." The event certainly stood out from the events that normally occupy the gray granite steps of the Capitol.
Social media sites and press releases instructed the attendees to wear the movement's colors. The pinks, reds, blacks and whites of dancers' clothing gleamed in the bright sun and brought extra life and vitality to the occasion. Smiles adorned the dancers' rosy cheeks as they moved to the beat of "Break the Chain," a rock anthem specially written for the global event.
Each person danced individually in the group's performance, but came together at the end in one massive hug, a symbol of the change this movement can inspire. While the goal for One Billion Rising is to stop the violence against individual women, the message of collective support for individual victims was displayed through this action.
Salt Lake City's YWCA and SHEROES United co-sponsored the event with other non-profits in hopes to spread the message to our community.