02/20/2013 04:13 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sierra Leone Celebrates One Billion Rising!

Many of you have heard about the worldwide celebration on February 14th to end abuse against women! Our wonderful school mother, Kadiatu Kondeh hosted hundreds of women and men at the Shine On House in Kono. Read below to will hear of the groudbreaking moments that were inspired from this rising!

Thank you Eve Ensler. Thank you V-Day. And thank you world for using the power of song, dance and love to create world that we are proud of.

Written By: Kadiatu Kondeh

"The One Billion Rising celebration we had in Sierra Leone was very wonderful. There were many women, girls and boys that were present at the celebration, which took place in my own home. I took videos of everything, but it has been difficult for me to send, so I have attached some photos for you to see. Some of the boys who came sang inspirational songs about standing up to violence toward women and girls. Another memory I have of this celebration is when a boy came to speak about his homosexuality and how much he admires One Billion Rising. He is now proud to be himself and is not afraid to express his feelings anymore. I am so happy for the wonderful experience I have gained from this One Billion Rising celebration. I want to share with my people to rise up to stop violence toward women and girls!"