Bury St Edmunds takes a stand to end violence against women
About 40 people showcased their moves in Bury St Edmunds to support a global initiative to end violence against women.
The Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Julia Wakelam joined dancers to perform the ‘Break the Chain’ routine on Angel Hill on Saturday as part of the annual One Billion Rising international campaign.
The theme of this year’s campaign was to rise in solidarity against the exploitation of women.
The event in Bury was organised by the town’s Multicultural Women’s Group.
Faith Stabler, director of the group, said: “It was really brilliant. We have attracted slightly more people this year - and I think that is partly down to the weather.”
Deputy Mayor Cllr Terry Clements and Deputy Mayoress Vivienne Clemnts also took part along with Cllrs Paul and Beccy Hopfensperger.
Pupils from County Upper School attended, with teacher Eleanor Rehahn who is a member of the Fawcett Society.
Representatives from the local Women’s Aid charity made a collection for the women’s refuge, in Bury, which raised £141.20.
Fund-raiser Judith Grandi said they plan to reach out to people who may be suffering in silence by holding ‘Healthy Relationship’ workshops in rural areas around the town.