ISTANBUL, TURKEY (CBS/RTV) -- Thousands of women danced on the streets of Istanbul on Thursday (February 14), as a part of "One Billion Rising" - an initiative driven by Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler which aims to help end violence against women.
Women and girls of all ages gathered in various squares around the Turkish city, some carrying "no to violence against women" banners as they danced.
'One Billion Rising' is an international campaign initiated by Ensler, who hopes it will help end violence against women by raising awareness through creative action and dance.
"We are here to end violence against women. We are here for all women in the world," one woman in Istanbul, Asli Zuhal, said.
"Together, we dance to encourage them, to give them strength. On Valentine's day, we protest violence against women."
Another woman, carrying her young daughter, echoed those feelings.
"We are here to stand in solidarity with everybody who is exposed to violence," Deniz Demirbag added.
"I don't know if it changes anything but I am hopeful. I hope that violence against women comes to an end. My daughter is already standing against it."