Pictures of a new arm of the Delhi police force display the forty female police officers who are due to begin patrolling areas where women are thought vulnerable to violence in Delhi. The new squad, which has been nicknamed “Charlie’s Angels” by their trainers, is one of a number of measures that police have taken in response to an increase in violent sexual assaults over the past few years. One such instance that drew international attention was that of a student who died after being gang-raped and assaulted on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. The rise in violent assaults has resulted in the city becoming known as the “rape capitol of India.”
However, the “Charlie’s Angels” appear undaunted in the face of this growing violence: “We will not tolerate any bad behavior,” AFP quoted their leader as saying. “It can start from a simple cat call which then leads to stalking and then rape. We will nip such antics in the bud.” The officers have received months of intense training in martial arts and are set to be deployed this year.
Delhi’s “Angels” are one example of the international outcry that has strengthened many organizations’ resolve and launched new efforts to put an end to violence against women. Organizations such as One Billion Rising refuse to tolerate a world in which 1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. Their website describes their efforts over the years: “Our cries for each of our particular justices rose and merged in a sea of cries and demands, creating a new collage, a new collective vision and radical landscape of what a just world might look like for women and girls.” The realization of that vision is an ongoing effort, and WordTheatre is joining in to benefit the amazing work of One Billion Rising. In classic WordTheatre style, we are bringing our brilliant actors to lend their voices to powerful stories and raise awareness and support towards an end to gender violence.
WordTheatre’s upcoming event, Stories. Bourbon. Music & Macaroons. A Benefit Performance for One Billion Rising, invites attendees to enjoy refreshments and captivating dramatic readings from luminary actors Lynn Whitfield, Maggie Siff, Bob Wisdom, Mayda Del Valle, Gary Dourdan, Chris Bauer, Andra Day, Jon Huertes, Jason Butler Harner, Jason George, Edi Gathegi Christopher Gorham, and David Call. All while raising money to end violence against women. The event will be hosted by Guerilla Aterier, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the One Billion Rising campaign.
Saturday, February 28th from 7-9:00 PM
427 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles CA 90013
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Guerilla Aterier house grooves
RSVP essential with your $20 donation today at www.WordTheatre.com
image credit: bbc.com via AFP news agency