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Are the Women of Pittsburgh Made of Steel?

United Steelworkers’ Local 3657 Women of Steel joined Fight Back Pittsburgh and several other organizations in a global day of action to end violence against women on Thursday, February 14.

The rally, known as One Billion Rising, took place in Market Square in Pittsburgh and included performances from dancers, musicians and artists. Counselors were also on hand to provide emotional support along with a resource center with information on where victims can receive assistance.

Janene Hogan, co-chair of the Local 3657 chapter of Women of Steel, said the event was one the organization could not pass up.

“It’s important to bring awareness to the violence some women are subjected to,” Hogan said. “We are bringing light to the fact that this is still an issue.”

Bekezela Mguni of New Voices Pittsburgh spoke passionately to the large crowd about the global day of action, which was organized in over 200 countries.

“We are going to shake the entire world into awareness,” Mguni shouted. “We’re not going to take it anymore. Today is the day.”

For information regarding One Billion Rising, you can visit www.onebillionrising.org.

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