Scottish Borders Council

Join the ‘One Billion Rising’

Published on Tuesday 15th January 2013

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Help end violence against women and children.

One Billion Rising is about refusing to watch as more than a billion women experience violence on the planet.

One in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

Join the rising

Come along to the Borders '1000 Rising' event at Springwood Hall, Border Union Showground, Kelso, for 6pm on 14 February and join in the global event - One Billion Rising.

The Scottish Borders based on the statistic that there are approximately 1000 victims and survivors of domestic abuse/sexual violence in the Scottish Borders right now. It aims to bring 1,000 Borderers together in 1 place on 1 day for 1 hour and allow people to share a global experience by viewing other global 'rises', hear about the scale of the issue and what they can do.

What to expect:

  • Everyone who attends will be encouraged to sing, dance and clap, tap your feet (by FitBorders) in whatever way they are able.
  • You will be filmed as part of the One Billion Rising anthem, Break the Chain.
  • The film will be simultaneously broadcast around the world. 
  • There will be other One Billion Rising events around the Scottish Borders which will also be filmed and screened at the event.

How you can get involved

  • If you'd like to join this global event, please be at Springwood Park for 6pm sharp to allow notification to the global event of how many people attended from the Borders before the hour's rising starts at 6.30pm.
  • Read more about the One Billion Rising event event in our event section.
  • Tweet the event - whether you are coming along or can't make it - join the rising by sharing your thoughts using #1BillionBorders.


Scottish Borders Council

Council Headquarters Newtown St. Boswells Melrose TD6 0SA

Tel: 0300 100 1800


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