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FILE: Pope Francis holds a flower thrown by a faithful as he arrives to lead a special audience with engaged couples, to celebrate Saint Valentine's day, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Feb. 14, 2014.

FILE: Pope Francis holds a flower thrown by a faithful as he arrives to lead a special audience with engaged couples, to celebrate Saint Valentine's day, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Feb. 14, 2014.

Valentine’s Day will be marked not only as a day of love, but also of the pain women experience as victims of gender based violence.

One billion women around the world will gather to raise attention to the issue.

Some rights organisations in Zimbabwe will this Saturday join the rest of the world in the one billion rising revolution campaign under which they will be conducting awareness campaigns to demand justice in the fight against gender based violence.

Campaign co-ordinator Nyasha Sengayi launched the program in Harare on Thursday.

Sengayi told reporters at a press conference that action is necessary to curb the extensive abuse of women around the world.

The one-billion campaign is a global effort started on Valentine’s Day in 2012 by a group called V-Day, to stem violence against women.

An estimated one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their life time.

So, Valentine’s Day around the world, will be a day of not only red roses, honor, love, but also dancing and drum beats, to signal the end of violence against women.

Women and supporters are being urged to put on their dancing shoes and come ready to dance to the sound of drums.

The event will take place on Saturday, at the Makoni Shopping Center in Chitungwiza, from 10:00am to 12noon.

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