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Chicago joins global movement to end violence against women

by Paige Sutherland

This Valentine's Day the nonprofit V-day hosted the global event One Billion Rising in honor of their 15th anniversary. Today in Chicago an estimated 500 people gathered in Daley Plaza to rise up to break the cycle of violence against women. More than 200 countries across the globe participated.

Women help organize dance for the billion others who are abused worldwide

by Stephanie Sunata

To some, Feb. 14 is a day filled with heart-shaped chocolates, flowers and heart-shaped candies. For Kristen Kaza, this Valentine's Day is the chance to join a worldwide event that protests violence against women. She draws from personal experiences with abuse and helped organize a flash mob at Daley Plaza. Last year an organization called V-Day asked men and women around the globe to plan and attend demonstrations on Feb. 14, 2013. The call is part of a campaign get 1 billion people to stand up against abuse including rape, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery. When the clock strikes noon in Chicago, the base of the steel Picasso flooded with hundreds of flash mobsters dancing their support for this cause.