FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2013
Contact: Stephanie Ong Stillman, SF District Attorney’s Office, 415-740-5134
Aimee Allison, SF Department on the Status of Women, 510-343-4019
SAN FRANCISO—– On February 14, San Francisco will join 197 countries and hold a special event on the steps of City Hall to support a global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to mark February 14, Valentine’s Day, “One Billion Rising Day.” Mayor Edwin M. Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, V-Day Executive Director Susan Celia Swan, Commission on the Status of Women President Julie Soo, and Filipina Women’s Network President Marily Mondejar are among those making a public commitment to work to end violence against women.
When: Thursday, February 14; 4:00-6:00 PM
Where: San Francisco City Hall, Polk Street Steps, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA
More Information: www.OneBillionRisingSF.org
Founded by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, “One Billion Rising’ was first announced on Valentine’s Day 2012, and began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
District Attorney George Gascon said, “Violence against women is a serious and dangerous crime. Countless women have lost their lives because society turned a blind eye to the violence they suffered in their homes. On February 14, San Francisco will rise with 197 countries all over the world to take a global stand to end violence against women and girls for good.”
The President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu views today’s event as a continuation of San Francisco’s commitment to ending violence against women, “San Francisco must continue to demonstrate leadership in ending violence against women and girls. We join nations across the globe in declaring San Francisco a zero-tolerance zone for domestic violence.”
Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, added, “It is critical that San Francisco take its place on the world stage as a leading voice to end domestic violence. We are saying loudly and clearly that we will continue to pour our best ideas and resources into finding practical solutions to ending family violence. Last year, we eliminated domestic violence homicides citywide for the first time in a decade.”
For more information about “One Billion Rising”, please visit www.OneBillionRising.org. To view the "One Billion Rising" short film, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl2AO-7Vlzk
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