• “I’m dancin’ for my sisters,” says Donna Hertel. (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • Asha Mohame (left) dances with her son Amen Hassan and daughter Khadijah Hassan. “We are from Somalia,” says Asha. “We are here because there is a living, silent violence against women, everywhere.” (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • Participants free dance in between performers. (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • When asked why she dances, Aurora, 10, told the crowd, “I can get my emotions out whenever I want.” (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • A Native American and Alaska Native group performs a Women Warrior Dance (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • Participants free dance in between performers. (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • “Blessed be, blessed be…” the crowd sings together, calling on the Divine Feminine during the opening Dance of Universal Peace. (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)
  • The crowd joins hands for the Dance of Universal Peace. (Photo by Colleen McDevitt)

 

(Photos by Colleen McDevitt. Click for captions/larger images)

With two left feet, I joined the One Billion Rising flash mob yesterday in Westlake Center. And around the world, more than 201 countries were dancing with me, all with common purpose of ending violence against women.