Hundreds to head to Sheffield and Rotherham flashmob dances

A flash dance was held outside City Hall to raise awareness about violence against women.
A flash dance was held outside City Hall to raise awareness about violence against women.
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Hundreds of people in Sheffield and Rotherham are expected to join a worldwide show of support for women affected by domestic violence and trafficking this weekend.

One Billion Rising is a global event held every year on Valentine’s Day which involves people all around the world take part in ‘flash mob’ dances to raise awareness of issues affecting women.

The event will be held at the Peace Gardens at 12.30pm tomorrow, and women, children and men will be invited to dance wearing black, red, pink and orange en masse.

In Rotherham, a similar flash mob will be held in All Saints Square from 12.30pm.

The flash dances will be followed by speeches from key figures, as well as activities and refreshments.

In Sheffield, the Together Women Project is hosting a celebration from 2pm to 5pm at its base at 106 Arundel Lane. The event will involve creative activities as well as refreshments.

It will be followed by an evening event at Crookes Social Club on Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £4 to £8 and will include an auction of items donated by Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to raise cash for women’s charities.

One of the event’s organisers, Lisa Markham, from the Feminist Network, said: “It’s both a protest and a celebration of people coming together.

“The event will raise awareness of not only domestic abuse, but issues such as trafficking and sexual exploitation.

“It’s open to absolutely anybody who wants to be involved and it’s about making a statement about the need to do something about these issues.

“It’s particularly pertinent given what has gone on in Rotherham recently.

“It’s a bit of fun, but it’s a bit revolutionary as well, because people all over the world will be taking part at the same time.”