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This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, yes, but it is also V-Day, a global movement devoted to ending violence against women and girls.
This movement was pioneered by playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler. Ensler has spent the last decade working with local organizations to start movements, open shelters, and build anti-violence networks in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, sponsor annual workshops and three national campaigns in Afghanistan, and so much more. Today, the V-Day movement is working tirelessly to build anti-violence networks in countries such as Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Lebanon.
Locally, on each February 14, creative events such as The Vagina Monologues are performed by volunteers, college students, and grassroots organizations. Last year alone, over 4,200 V-Day benefit events took place! I cannot encourage you enough to find and attend an event in your area, or, if you are unable, to watch Until the Violence Stops, a paradigm-shifting film that documents how Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, grew into an international grassroots movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Want to organize a V-Day event of your own? Find out how to get involved with V-Day! Currently living on or near a college campus? Find out how to participate in the V-Day & Safer Campus Accountability Project.
V-Day changes lives, and needs women like you to help!
Being part of the Monologues when I was in college was an important coming of age experience for me as a woman. The V-day organization can be very inspiring! Thanks so much, Jen, for doing this post!
We are having this at my school next thursday the 18th. I am really excited for it, especially after reading the Monologues. I go to a catholic college, which means its double great that it comes around.
my sister (whose a big feminist) does something like this at her school.
Thanks for posting this, Jen! I loved getting to see the Monologues the two years they were performed at Denison and I’m disappointed that they aren’t doing them here, at such a big school.
I think V is for Vendetta…
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