Hundreds of women on Thursday took part in a dance protest held simultaneously in Tel Aviv
in a bid to fight violence
against women. The protest is part of an international initiative dubbed One Billion Rising.
Playwright Eve Ensler, who leads the initiative, said that it is aimed at creating a global voice demanding to put an end to violence against women and girls.
Women in Jerusalem (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
"The goal is to empower women, to encourage them to make their voice be heard, and to let them know they are not alone," added Daphna Ben-David, who organized the event in Tel Aviv.
Jean Golbert, a resident of Jerusalem and grandmother of nine, said she is taking part in the protest because the issue of violence of women is "burning inside" her.
Protesting violence (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
"Men and women need to wake up," she said. "Violence against women is an international problem and one of the ways of fighting it is though cooperation among women."
Protest in Tel Aviv (Photo: Yaron Brener)
She further added, "These types of events create awareness and bring to the fold female power which inspires more women to believe in their right to defend themselves.
"The hard truth is that there's hardly any woman who has not been harassed or suffered some form of violence," Golbert said. "And other than that, I like to dance," she added.
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