A One Billion Rising event sought to raise awareness about domestic abuse with speeches and manicures this past week at Humber North campus.
One Billion Rising is a worldwide campaign intended to increase awareness of and prevent violence against women.
The Feb. 10 event was hosted in the Student Centre by First Year Experience peer mentors. Students crowded around the 11 booths which included a manicure, hand massage and public safety booth.
The manicures came with purple-painted fingernails to represent domestic violence awareness while massage therapists were available to help de-stress the students about this issue, said Student Life co-ordinator Nivedita Lane.
“This is an event that means a lot to our students, so our senior peer mentors decided this was a campaign they really cared about and the Student Life staff is here to support that,” Lane said.
“The massage therapists are here because they know talking about this issue can cause stress,” she added.
Sharrone Stone, a professor at University of Guelph-Humber, started things off by giving an inspirational speech on the stage.
FYE has hosted the event before but this year tried to make it an even bigger event with more activities, said Amarjot Khosa, 22, a second-year Business student and one of the senior peer mentors that organized Humber’s occasion.
“One Billion Rising is done everywhere across the world and universities and colleges need to also take this step,” she said.
This is a global event that the Lakeshore campus is involved with as well, said Lane.
Matthew Allen, 21 and Joseph Dawod, 25, both fourth-year Justice Studies students, were hosting the public safety table. They were promoting the Campus Walk and self-defence programs at the school.
Allen gave some tips on how women can protect themselves.
“Know your surroundings, know who’s around you, always travel in groups and always be aware of what’s happening,” he said. “What we can’t stress enough is know where you’re going, who you’re going with.”