People will be asked to “twist, dance, shout to end violence against women” at a Valentine’s Day party in Scarborough. The “VDay” celebration, part of a worldwide set of events this Thursday, Feb. 14 called One Billion Rising, takes place at The Hub - Mid Scarborough at Eglinton and Brimley roads from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
A free reception and performances at the hub are organized by the Forced Marriage Project, as well as I Do! an offshoot program in which young women discuss dating and healthy relationships.
Part of an unnamed documentary about the program will be shown, spoken word poetry performed and the hub will display other art work shared by participants.
Statistics for forced (non-consensual) marriage in Canada are hard to come by, but such experiences are not limited to a particular group, said Michelle Davis, the project’s communications co-ordinator.
The project gathers information through online surveys, and asks service providers to find women who need help. Its website (www.fmp-acsa.ca/home) is equipped with buttons so Internet users can quickly hide the screen or not let others know they visited the site.
Sponsored by Agincourt Community Services Association, the project is based at the recently-opened community hub for the Dorset Park area on Kennedy Road north of Ellesmere Road.