Anchorage anti-violence advocacy groups participated in the "One Billion Rising" campaign at STAR Alaska's headquarters Wednesday night.
Local musicians performed and speakers from STAR Alaska, AWAIC, and the YWCA proclaimed it a night for celebration of strength and a rising up against domestic violence against women and girls.
The campaign gets its name from the statistic that one out of three women will experience a rape or other form of violence in her lifetime. Those numbers combined with the current population of the world at around seven billion inspired activists to include "One Billion Rising" as part of the "V-Day" movement.
"V-Day" is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefits productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play, "The Vagina Monologues" and other works.
Although the theme incorporates domestic violence issues against women and girls, STAR advocate Kris Pitts described Wednesday's event as, "One hundred percent a place for people to come out and celebrate their ability to be strong, knowing that there is this epidemic of domestic violence around the globe and particularly here in Alaska."
Learn more about "One Billion Rising" by clicking here.
Channel 2's Jessica Ridgway contributed to this story.