Pinays dance with 'one billion' globally on V-Day

Filipina groups rose and danced on Valentine's Day, adding their voices to an expected one billion fighting violence against women globally.

A massive protest was led in Quezon City Thursday as part of the "One Billion Rising" campaign led by global activist movement V-Day.

The movement, which began in 2012, "brought violence against women, through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion," V-Day Eve Ensler said in a statement.

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It 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," the statement noted.

V-Day urged women and supporters of women's rights globally to dance on Feb. 14 to the tune of an originally produced music video titled "Break the Chain."



"Dancing insists we take up space, and though it has no set direction, we go there together," Ensler said.

She also noted that dancing is "dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, and contagious and it breaks the rules."

"It can happen anywhere, at anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it's free," she said further.

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In the Philippines, women's rights groups particularly slammed the country's Visiting Forces Agreement with the U.S.

The 14-year treaty "has converted our motherland into a virtual military base, prostitution den, killing field and dumping ground for toxic wastes of the U.S.," said Joms Salvador, secretary general of activist group Gabriela.

The VFA again made it to headlines recently amid the destruction a U.S. Navy minesweeper caused when it ran aground in Tubbataha Reef last January.

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Gabriela said the VFA also "exposes women to sexual violence because US troops are let loose to exploit women and children who are pushed into poverty and prostitution."

"[B]ecause of the VFA, U.S. Armed Forces personnel accused of rape are allowed to escape prosecution in local courts," the group said further.

The Quezon City protests were held alongside at least 25 other similar efforts in other locations nationwide, Gabriela said.

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Thousands of students, faculty members and Roman Catholic nuns dance to the theme song of the One Billion Rising campaign in the quadrangle of the St. Scholastica college in Manila February 14, 2013. ... more 
Thousands of students, faculty members and Roman Catholic nuns dance to the theme song of the One Billion Rising campaign in the quadrangle of the St. Scholastica college in Manila February 14, 2013. One Billion Rising is a global campaign to call for an end to violence against women and girls, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY EDUCATION RELIGION) less 
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