Lancashire university supports campaign to end violence against women for second year

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Students and staff at the University of Central Lancashire will be singing and dancing together in an annual campaign to demand an end to violence against women.

One Billion Rising to Justice Valentines Day campaign calls for people to gather safely on February 14 outside places where women are entitled to justice such as police stations, government offices and places of worship, or simply in public places where women deserve to feel safe.

Last year's event

Last year's event

The Preston event is happening this Saturday in Fishergate Shopping Centre and will be one of thousands of events taking place on the same day for the third annual global campaign.

Russell Hogarth, co-founder and chair of the UCLan Creative Communities Group, said: “We are encouraging people to join us in the Fishergate Centre to take part in this global dance event to highlight the shocking global statistics of one billion and rising violent attacks against women. We will have dance instructor and World Salsa dance champion Phil Kaila and Salsa Northwest helping us with the routine accompanied by live music. It will be a fun and entertaining event that raises awareness of a serious issue at the same time.”

This will be the second year running that UCLan have taken part in the campaign and they hope to build on the success of 2014 and encourage an even greater participation this time round. Speaking of last years gathering Mr Hogarth said: “It was amazing to see all the University staff, students and community members all dancing together in harmony.”

The free event is open to the public and will take place this Saturday from 11am to 1pm inside Healthy Planet, opposite Debenhams in Fishergate Shopping Centre.

Discover more about the One Billion Rising movement by visiting or follow the #Rise4Revolution on Twitter. For more information about the UCLan Creative Communities Group visit