Good news story: One Billion Rising in Sheffield – media clips and interview

23 Mar

The OBR flash dance in the Peace Gardens attracted over 300 in spite of the rain, and attracted a lot of media coverage, including BBC Look North, Radio Sheffield & Hallam, Sheffield Star, plus this great interview with Maureen Storey on Sheffield Live TV.

OBR Sheffield 2015 was developed by a broad-based planning group of dancers, artists and activists of all genders and we also supported a second event in Rotherham for the first time this year.

The official 2015 website shows events from all over the world – starting in the east in the Antipodes, Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, and through Africa and Europe to the Americas. Eve Ensler’s simple idea – to have a day to focus on the violence and abuse that is directed at women and girls because we are female, as well as to focus on the strength and courage of survivors – has really resonated with people the world over…

This great Sheffield UK clip can be seen, with Cllr Jackie Drayton rousing the crowd for the Break the Chain dance [you’d never know it’s pouring with rain!] plus another film taken where you can see the earlier dance displays and the children in front dancing Break the Chain.

The evening social at Crookes Social Club was also fantastic, thanks to the Free Radicals, the Seamonsters  and members of A Mind Apart: Redirection Youth Theatre Group.

We raised a nice round £1k, which will go to support local services, including Eva Women’s Therapy Service 

Also check out the Gender Respect schools project website with their teaching ideas – including links to the group poetry writing workshop material and the powerpoints which were developed for use in primary and secondary school assemblies

Not forgetting to read the teachers’ blogs on the right of the page, sharing discussions they have had with their classes on the issue of violence against women and girls, for example Carol’s blog on consent 

Last but not least: Anyone who would like to be part of planning the next One Billion Rising Sheffield / South Yorkshire events, please get in touch.



V-Day 14th February 2015 – Join the dance!

22 Jan

Join the One Billion Rising Flash Dance in Sheffield or Rotherham  12.30 to 13.30 on 14th February 2015.

Join us to dance “Break the Chain” at this time, to synchronise with other events around the UK and the world!
To learn the dance, go to our Dance Workshops page

The Peace Gardens, Sheffield City Centre  from 12.30 to 13.30, with local dance groups and drummers. Don’t miss the opening ceremony from Aim to Dance, with Salsa Beat, Bella Shimmy, TLC Projects and Son de America!
All welcome  – women and children will dance in front and centre, and men who support us are welcome to dance in the outer circle.
See our events page  

Followed by  a celebration hosted by Together Women Project  from 2pm to 5pm, an opportunity for winding down among people who have taken part in the flash dance, with creative activities and light refreshments. Free event.
All women and men who participated welcome at TWP, 106 Arundel Lane, Sheffield S1 4RF (behind the Hubs)

Contact Beckie on or call 0114 275 8282 or just turn up!

PLEASE NOTE  flash dance dress code
Where possible, please wear black with red /pink/ orange – and bring an umbrella of the same colours in case it rains!
Red ribbons to tie round the right wrist will be available from stewards on the day.

 Rotherham Flash Dance, All Saints Square, Rotherham  Town Centre from 12.30 to 13.30. Join us to dance “Break the Chain” at this time, to synchronise with other events around the UK and the world!   Followed by celebration and refreshments at the Unity Centre, Saint Leonard’s Road, Rotherham S65 1PD
Contact: Northern Refugee Centre 0114 384041 or Sithule on  Rotherham Community Organisations 07799 485588


Join us later for a Valentine’s night with a difference hosted by OBR with the wonderful Free Radicals dance band, supported by young women’s band The Seamonsters ;  also A Mind Apart: ‘Redirections’ Youth Theatre Group; and Aim to Dance

Crookes Social Club  7.30pm till late
Another chance to join in the Break the Chain dance – with music, poetry and raffle, plus auction with surprising prizes.
£8 or £4 concessions – pay on the door – all proceeds to women’s support services.
Join our event at

Everyone welcome to dance the night away!

Download the Evening Benefit Poster OBR Evening Benefit Crookes Poster  and please circulate!

Download the One Billion Rising Sheffield / South Yorkshire Leaflet OBR15_leaflet_general  and please circulate

Sheffield City Council supports International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls

1 Dec

At the Full Council meeting on 5th November 2014, Councillor Nikki Bond proposed the following motion, which was passed unanimously:

11. Notice of Motion given by Councillor Nikki Bond

That this Council:

(a) welcomes the campaign of the United Nations Secretary General to UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on the 25th of each month;

(b) further welcomes that 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and also marks the start of 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence;

(c) believes an International Day to End Violence Against Women is important because:

(i) violence against women is a human rights violation;

(ii) violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women;

(iii) violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security;

(iv) violence against women and girls is not inevitable; prevention is possible and essential; and

(v) violence against women continues to be a global pandemic; up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime;

(d) supports the efforts of One Billion Rising –Sheffield, to raise awareness of violence against women and support them with their plans for a flash mob in the Peace Gardens on 14th February 2015;

(e) welcomes the decision of the Labour Party to appoint a Shadow Minister for Violence against Women and Girls and a commitment to include a Violence against Women and Girls Bill with national standards for tackling the issue in the first Queen’s speech if they are elected to Government in 2015;

(f) thanks the efforts of Sexual Health Sheffield in their community engagement work in educating young people on issues of consent and healthy relationships, which no doubt link to violence against women and girls and recognises that Sheffield is the only city with a Sexual Health Champion;

(g) urges everyone to take responsibility for tackling violence against women and girls; and

(h) calls on all Councillors to sign the petition by the European Women’s Lobby calling on the future European Commission President to establish 2016 as the European year to end violence against women and girls.


Sign up to flash dance 2015

16 Oct
    SIGN UP for the FLASH DANCE on 14th Feb 2015!
  2. CLICK ON THE BUTTERFLY (at the left side or at the bottom) and SIGN UP TO THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN  [Or go to]
  3. After you sign up, why not CREATE YOUR OWN EVENT? Anyone is free to do this! And let us have the link so we can sign up to your event and publicise it too.
    Art exhibitions, banner making, writing workshops, readings, debates, fundraisers
  4. YOUTH GROUPS are particularly encouraged to create events – see 2014 youth activity here

  5. The Event Page also gives links to INFORMATION and RESOURCES (logos, banners, photos, video and audio files) which can be used to publicise the campaign and support your events (see left sidebar or at the bottom of the page)
  1. CREATE YOUR OWN MINI-VIDEO: “My/ Our Revolution is…” and share with us.
    See examples at   And brief guidelines here
  1. VISIT the OBR website for inspiration, videos, news and events as they happen
  1. KEEP IN TOUCH  via
    or Email



Get ready for … 14th February 2015!

20 Jun

On Valentine’s Day, Saturday 14th February 2015 (12 till 2pm) we are planning to repeat the very successful flash dance from 2013 in the Peace Gardens, Sheffield City Centre.

This will be led by Nisha Lall, director of Aim to Dance

The event will include dance performances, short speeches and mass dancing to Tena Clarke’s song “Break the Chain”   to synchronise with other groups dancing around the world at the same time.  We hope Sheffield children and young people will also be taking part.

How can you get involved in Sheffield Rising 2015?
Groups at leisure, study, work or in the community can plan to take part in the city centre event (by practising the dance) AND /OR in your own local / workplace event.

In addition to dancing, there are many ideas for related activities leading up to / following on from the event, for example:

  • Art and Craftwork, Poetry, Drama, Research Projects, Discussions / Debates
  • Documenting local activities through YouTube and other social media
  • Fund-raising events (to support the global campaign and / or local organisations – see list here on the right-hand sidebar )

* AND*

See more ideas, videos and links to get you started at   sheffield_rising2015_groups


Please contact us with any questions or to let us know your plans.


Gender Respect: new project for Sheffield schools

1 May

A new project is being developed by the South Yorkshire Development Education Centre (DECSY) to work with teachers, performing artists, children and young people – to explore and question gender inequality and violence in a local-global context.

working togther

The project will involve developing and trialling new approaches, activities and materials with children and young people from age 4/5 to 14 in a small number of pilot schools. It will be informed by focus group discussions with older teenagers and young adults and also plans to make use of social media.

The aim is for local children and young people to learn  to:

  • Question gender stereotyping –exploring ‘masculinities’ and ‘femininities’ and critiquing social media

  • Understand global and historical contexts of gender relations

  • Explore issues of power, freedom and human rights in the context of gender

  • Feel empowered to take action to challenge gender inequality and violence  – including creative responses and use of social media

The longer-term aim will be to make these activities and materials accessible to teachers and others globally through networks such as the One Billion Rising campaign.  Sheffield Rising 2013 are represented on the project steering group.

The project will be launched in the autumn.

For more information, contact Helen Griffin


16 Apr

Hollaback! had   a fantastic week of events to mark International Anti-Street Harassment Week here in Sheffield, including discussion workshops, zine making, a craftivism session, a film screening of Cairo 678 and a Chalk Walk around the City Centre.

Sheffield Hollaback! Chalk Walk

Sheffield Hollaback! Chalk Walk

To follow on from Anti- Street Harassment Week, there is an annual general meeting for people who want to get involved in organising for Hollaback! Sheffield.

 We have a few roles and objectives in mind including campaigns, education and events. We’re also looking for two or three new site leaders (to replace Kate and Maria as we’re both leaving Sheffield in the next few months). We’re also open to ideas, so why not come along and share yours, as well as finding out how you can help to fight street harassment in Sheffield?  We’re really excited to get more people involved and to hear your ideas.. So see you there!

The AGM will be on Thursday the 18th of April at 6.30pm at The Bath Hotel, which is a pub just off West Street.  Take a look at the Facebook event .





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