Belmont Program Raising Awareness About Violence Against Women
On February 14, One Billion Rising events will take place around the globe to increase awareness of violence against women through dance, music and discussions. The events aim to provide resources and support for women worldwide to prevent and break the cycle of abuse. In the Boston area, the cable TV program Belmont Rising has been part of this global event since it began in 2013.
“Belmont Rising is Belmont’s commitment to One Billion Rising, which is playwright Eve Ensler’s concept to ‘rise and strike’ to end violence against women,” says Tomi Olson, founder and host of the program, which is produced by the Belmont Media Center. “Our mission is simply to raise women’s awareness that abuse is never OK.”
Olson says her February 14 program features panelists offering their experiences and support, including members of the Family Project in Lowell and the Saheli Project. Music and dance will also offer creative avenues to raise awareness and offer messages of support. “One in three women on this planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime,” says Olson. “This adds up to more than 1 billion women and girls worldwide. Belmont Rising is to rise for others, not just for ourselves.”