Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy V-Day to all!

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Today is V-Day 2015 – A global movement to end violence against women and girls, that is, a movement targeting rape, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery, arising out of Eve Ensler’s famous play The Vagina Monologues.

The V-Day non-profit organization was founded, in 1998, in NYC, following a benefit performance of the play that raised 250,000 USD in a single evening!

The rest is history! Every year, performances of the play are staged on February 14th, with proceeds benefitting shelters, and anti-violence programs, for women and girls, survivors of violence. The organization has raised more than 100 million USD, in 200 countries, in 48 languages, benefitting more than 13,000 organizations against violence –using the play (Royalty free) and other creative and artistic performances as a catalyst for action and organization.

In 2015, the VDay movement includes a dance, drum and rise movement launched in 2003: The One Billion Rising -- 4 Revolution, 4Justice, 4Women’s Rights, depending on location, in the bid to stop violence again women and girls, and through them, the harshest inequities of the world.  The One Billion number stands for a shocking statistic: one billion women will experience violence in the world during their life time, that is, 1 in 3 women worldwide.

Check out your local area for events to break the chain of violence, to Dance! Drum! and Rise!
Below, the official video of the One Billion Rising song and choreography performed worldwide that will perhaps inspire you!

Maldives (official)

And One Billion Rising around the world..… !!....
In Kinshasa (Congo)

Ensler, E. (2014) O.P.C (Obsessive Political Correctness). Directed by Pesha Rudnick.
Ensler, E. (2011) Emotional Creature: The secret lives of girls around the world. New York, NY Villard Books.
Ensler, E. (2007) Insecure at last: A political memoir. New York, NY: Villard Books.
Ensler, E. (2005) The Good Body. New York, NY: Villard Books
Ensler, E. (2001) The Vagina Monologues. New York, NY: Villard Books.
Epstein, A. and V. Farrel (2003) V-Day: Until the violence stops. Lifetime Television. 73 minutes.
Vday :
Breaking the male code: After Steubenville, a call to action:

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