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A Valentine’s sunrise spent at V Day Byron Bay

V Day Byron Bay sunrise main beach

V Day Byron Bay red towels on beach

V Day Byron Bay nails painted red

V Day Byron Bay sunrise overlooking byron bay

V Day Byron Bay hands in air

V Day Byron Bay crowd hands in air

V Day Byron Bay people standing with hands in air

V Day Byron Bay women gather for one billion rising

V Day Byron Bay women stand strong in solidarity

V Day Byron Bay women dancing for revolution

V Day Byron Bay sea of red at main beach

V Day Byron Bay women standing with hands in air

V Day Byron Bay women dancing for one billion rising

V Day Byron Bay group stand with hands in air for one billion rising

V Day Byron Bay one billion rising speech

V Day Byron Bay women gathered wearing red

V Day Byron Bay women dancing

V Day Byron Bay red female symbol

V Day Byron Bay group together arms spread

V Day Byron Bay no means no

V Day Byron Bay women dancing arms in air

V Day Byron Bay woman in red dancing

V Day Byron Bay woman in red standing with arm in air

V Day Byron Bay women in red dancing one billion rising

V Day Byron Bay group standing together at main beach

V Day Byron Bay woman in patterned dress dancing in byron bay

V Day Byron Bay group standing together arms spread

V Day Byron Bay women clapping hands and dancing

V Day Byron Bay women gathered together

V Day Byron Bay no means no

V Day Byron Bay women gathered for sunrise

V Day Byron Bay women jumping together in red

 

V Day Byron Bay everyone together on main beach

V Day Byron Bay overlooking ocean

Women, dancing, and a sea of red- this is how we spent our Valentine’s Day morning. One Billion Rising is a worldwide event, held on Valentine’s Day every year, aiming to bring an end to violence against women. For the V Day Byron Bay event, hundreds of women and their allies gathered on Main Beach in a demonstration that was empowering, invigorating and truly inspiring to be a part of. We danced, we yelled, and showed the community and the world that we believe now is the time for a revolution. It was a true showing of women standing up and owning their experiences, showing that we are not defined by the statistics of violence against women that plague us.

One Billion Rising is an event founded in 2012 by activist, feminist and playwright Eve Ensler. The movement calls for a revolution, and as each year passes it gains more and more traction worldwide. The revolution demands vision, community, trust, commitment, courage, belief, hope and love. The hundreds of women gathered for V Day Byron Bay were loud, vivacious and empowered to demand the respect that women around the world are so often neglected. One Billion Rising unites people globally in the dream of a world devoid of exploitation, discrimination and violence.

The most poignant part of the morning? When a show of hands was asked for the question: have you, or anyone you know, been a victim of sexual assault or violent? A sea of hands rose into the air. We are all affected. All women know of someone, or have personally fallen victim to violence at some stage in their lives. The women at V Day Byron Bay as well as the women around the world rising together, is a collective statement demanding now is the time for change.

One Billion Women assaulted is an atrocity, one billion women rising is a revolution.

The colours we wore were Torakina and (aptly named) Freedom.

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