Giving a Voice for less violence

Joe Keegan, in the red jumper, with the dancers at Uclan

Joe Keegan, in the red jumper, with the dancers at Uclan

  • by Sonja Astbury

Foot-stompers have been enlisting some celebrity support for a stomping event with a difference.

People from all walks of life converged on the University of Central Lancashire to dance, sing and stand together to demand an end to violence against women as part of a global event.

Led by the city’s World Shine salsa champion Phil Kaila, the dancers were joined by new recruit to The Voice, Joe Keegan, as they bopped the day away at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre in Preston.

Joe, 16, has honed his skills in Chorley. He has had singing lessons for the past four years with Anna McGeoch, at The Song Rooms, and has dance lessons at Gillies Mar-Jan Stage School.

It is the second year of the event organised by global activist movement V-Day and this year focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence and a call to end the rampant impunity that prevails globally.

The event was organised by UCLan honorary fellow and community engagement ambassador Russell Hogarth.

The aim was to bring as many people as possible together at one time.

Besides dancing, the supporters were invited to stand together in solidarity on the same day as people from 206 other countries around the world.

Last year the event, entitled One Billion Rising, was the biggest mass action in human history.




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