One billion will rise on March 7

Duncan’s City Square will again host One Billion Rising Cowichan’s celebration of women Friday, March 7 starting at noon. Last year they sang, “Gonna stand tall, gonna stand free, gonna stand with all of my dignity,” at the start of a massive rally and walk through town in support of the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women and girls – some of the most extreme forms of bullying.

This year, there will also be additional celebrations of what is also International Women’s Day, with the annual Bread & Roses event later on March 7 at the Eagles Hall on Boys Road.

Doors open there at 5 p.m. with a blessing at 5:45, a dinner at 6 and entertainment starting at 7 p.m. The invitation from the organizers, who include the Cowichan Spirit of Women, Cowichan Women Against Violence, Cowichan Intercultural Society and Benoit & Associates Health, is simple: “Please bring potluck dish, plate, cup and utensils.”

Call 250-748-2133 for information.