LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—One billion women around the world will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.
Thursday, people gathered to try to reduce that number as a part of a worldwide movement called One Billion Rising.
Women and men in 203 countries will come together in the largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls, to express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE to support an end to violence against women once and for all.
"February 14, 2013 will change the world because the preparation for it and organizing for it has already created an energetic wind or wave igniting existing efforts to end violence against women and create new ones," Eve Ensler, V-Day Founder said. "We are rising together because it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create change."
The Hmong Mutual Assistance Association of La Crosse joined others to bring attention to violence against women through a flash mob, a group dance.
The group gathered Thursday at city hall to perform the same dance others around the world at noon.
"Today on Valentines Day, the day of love," Dorothy Her, event coordinator said. "We're all just coming together to take a stand and that means a lot when a bunch of people can come together and rise and say hey we are here to end violence."
Her said standing up to domestic violence is especially important in the Hmong community.
"There's a lot of historical trauma and a lot of violence," Her said. "Not every Hmong family, but there are some you know, and so I think it's important for us to come here and take a stand and say hey we support this movement."
All of this is part of the V-Day campaign that started 15-years-ago.
Click here to learn more about the V-Day campaign.
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