Sir Patrick Stewart calls on ’1 million men’ to end to violence against women

Published on Yahoo! News/The Lookout, by Dylan Stableford, March 8, 2013.

NEW YORK—Sir Patrick Stewart stood in the center of the Diplomat Ballroom at the UN Hotel here on Friday, pounding his fist methodically against a podium, each thump punctuated with a number (”One … two … three …”) until he got to nine.

“Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten,” Stewart said. “Every nine seconds.” 

The 72-year-old British-born actor, best known for his roles in “X-Men” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” served as host for the launch of “Ring the Bell,” a global campaign calling on 1 million men to make 1 million “concrete, actionable promises” to end violence against women.

“Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation,” Stewart said.

“This is a call to action—not an action that will make things better in six months’ time or a year’s time,” he continued, “but action that might save someone’s life and someone’s future this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow morning” … //
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