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SALT LAKE CITY – An annual event that seeks to empower women took place at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City Saturday, and hundreds of people attended—many of whom participated in flash mob dances.

SHEROES United was founded in 2011, and the non-profit organization aims to embrace positive female role models and empower voices against violence, discrimination, and harassment of women.

“When a woman is empowered in her home, then she's empowered in her children's lives and in her community and then she's empowered all across the board to be able to make changes in her community and her country,” said Bridget Cook-Burch, the director of public relations for SHEROES United.

The One Billion Rising flash mob featured dancers from American Preparatory Academy, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Ballet West. The event was at Gateway Mall from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event featured dancers, drummers and speakers. Similar events were held in other cities across the country and the world.

For more information about the group and its goals, visit their website.