February 14: Dancing To Fight Violence Against Women

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Every third woman worldwide, including the Czech Republic will experience some form of violence in her lifetime.

One Billion Rising aims to shine light upon this outrageous statistic. On Valentine's Day in all parts of the world, people meet to express solidarity with the victims of violence and show that violence against women cannot be overlooked.

"Violence against women is an enormous problem. Events like Dance Against Violence point out that violence against women cannot be considered a marginal problem for individual women and girls but must be systematically addressed and tackled. Prevention, awareness and accessible care for all victims is crucial," says Hana Stelzerová, Director of Czech Women's Lobby.

The gathering and flash mob - dance performance - will take place on February 14 at 12:00 on the piazza of the National Theater. A speech will be delivered by Mayor Adriana Krnáčová, who has overseen the event.

Violence has reached up to 30% of Czechs by their partner. Nearly 10% of Czech women have been raped with half of the cases committed, again by the partner or husband of the victim. Other forms of violence include cyberviolence of which 18% of women in the European Union have experienced. On the whole, women are more likely to face violence than men.

A comprehensive solution to violence against women has been brought about by the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The so-called Istanbul Convention addresses violence against women systemically and treats it as a serious violation of human rights.

The goal is zero tolerance for violence. It represents a significant step towards making Europe, but also the world outside it, a safer place for women.

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