14 February 2013
"The global pandemic of violence against women and girls thrives in a culture of discrimination and impunity. We must speak out. I am proud to emphatically raise my voice and join the chorus of all those taking part in the One Billion Rising
campaign", said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark also supported the campaign, making "a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say: Enough! The violence ends now."
Podgorica was connected in the same rhythm („Break the chain“) and with the same message with thousands of dancing activists across the globe, organized by the Women's Safe House, with support from the EU Delegation to Montenegro, the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights and the UNDP Gender Programme.
Hundreds of citizens werer dancing on the main square in Podgorica in protest against family violence. In this way the capital of Montenegro joined the international campaign „One billion rising“ which on the same day and at the same time connected Podgorica, Brussels, Rome, Sarajevo, Berlin, Belgrade, Zagreb and another 200 cities in the world.
Women's Section of the Education Union of Montenegro participated in the event, as well as well-known representatives of the public and political life in the country. They were also joined by Montenegrin MPs, who danced in the Parliament the day before, on February 13th, to support the campaign at the main event.