St Edmundsbury mayor Julia Wakelam leads the way for town’s One Billion Rising dance campaign
PUBLISHED: 14:57 18 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 19 February 2017
St Edmundsbury mayor Julia Wakelam led the way in a dance in the middle Angel Hill to raise awareness of violence against women.
The dance on Saturday lunchtime was part of the international One Billion Rising campaign and was organised by The Multicultural Women’s Group of Bury St Edmunds.
“Violence against women is a huge issue still,” said Ms Wakelam. “Sadly most violence in particular in a domestic setting is against women and their children. Violence against women and rape is used as a weapon of war in other countries throughout the world.
“We need to stand up and say this isn’t acceptable. This may only be a dance but if just a few more people become aware of the issue it will have achieved its purpose.”
Collections were made for Bury’s Women’s Aid Centre.
Its chief executive Annie Munson said the dance was a great chance to tell people how the refuge could help.