Fethiye, Turkey – Residents of Fethiye joined the global ‘rise up and dance’ event on 14 February 2013 aimed to raise the profile of violence against women and girls.

It attracted several hundred participants/spectators to the Cultural Centre on Valentine’s Day. No doubt there would have been many more if the weather had stayed fine.

1 Billion Event 14 February 2013 – Fethiye, Turkey

This is where it should have taken place but the rain forced it under the covered area outside the Cultural Centre.

Fethiye Town Square - 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

Some lucky women had printed t-shirts and lots of other people wished they had them too – commercial opportunity for next year?

Tshirt at 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

FETAV gave out red and green ribbons to be tied on wrists and shaken during the dance.

FETAV at 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

Stuart James from the Oludeniz Yarenler was the only British man supporting the dance – and one young Turkish man took part as you shall see

Stuart James of Oludeniz Yarenler at 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

After posing for local press who were out in force and a couple of practise run throughs of the dance, the event officially kicked off.

Group gather at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

The Turkish presenter (did she buy the jacket specially we asked ourselves) welcomed everyone and explained the day’s aim.

Turkish presenter at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

She was followed by a Turkish woman who welcomed everyone in English.

Turkish presenter at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

Then a young Turkish woman read a poem about the aims of the day.

Turkish presenter at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

And then Pauline read the same poem in English and introduced herself by saying “I slept well last night because I didn’t know I was doing this till I got here”. Nevertheless she did it really well.

Poem reading at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

A team of British women took to the stage to lead the dance – though the crowd dancing below was mainly Turkish.

Group on stage at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

In fact the only other male dancer that we saw was this young Turkish man on the front row.

The dancing gets underway at the 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

 

1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

By now the place was really jumping and, after everyone had performed the dance all the way through twice, the Belediye band struck up and a Turkish singer took to the stage.

Turkish singer on stage at the Fethiye Cultural Centre - 1 Billion Event Fethiye, Turkey 14 February 2013

It was a very good event with more or less everything to the point conducted in both English and Turkish, and a really good atmosphere. In fact we’re looking forward to 14 February 2014 and this one hasn’t finished yet!

More Information

For more information on the aim, objectives and reasons for this event please see the onebillionrising website here.

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