Toronto Feminists

V-Day on February 14th

 As we’re planning to do some activities before International Women’s Day on March 8th, I thought I’d post on V-Day, a global movement to raise awareness and money to end violence against women.  The charity was founded by Eve Ensler as she was inspired by the response to her play The Vagina Monologues.  I encourage you to read about V-Day’s history and mission via the website [link].

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2006, over 2700 V-Day benefit events took place by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

 The V in V-Day stands for Valentines, Victory over Violence and Vagina.  Normally festivities are centered around February 14th, running from Feb. 1st to March 8th -which is IWD.  This year is the 10th anniversary of V-Day so festivities and fund-raising have already begun and are running January 1st-March 30th. 

 Although details aren’t yet posted on the Toronto V-Day site, there will be a production of The Vagina Monologues March 15-16 at the Capitol Event Theatre and there will likely also be screenings of the V-Day documentary “Until the Violence Stops” and the V-Day Men Benefit Concert “Strike a Chord, Not a Woman”.

I think these are events we should definitely make an effort to attend!

-nichole

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Written by outdoorsgrrl

January 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm

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  1. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, but The Vagina Monologues was an absolute epiphany when I read it in university. I’ve seen it performed at least 3 times.

    I always kind of had this feeling, though, that V-day was kind of a contradiction of what Ensler says she’s trying to do in the play. Like I say, it’s been ages, but it starts out by talking about seeing vaginas for what they are, and NOT only in a negative way. So to follow it up with a big campaign about violence and rape – and BELIEVE ME, I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT – seems like it kind of missed the point.

    Anyway, I’m not saying we shouldn’t attend these. The Vagina Monologues is awesome and EVERYONE should see it. I’m definitely ready to see it again, and curious about the other events, too!

    Tara

    January 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm

  2. Great job Nichole! This looks great. I really appreciate your comment too Tara. I don’t know much about the history of this subject but have always wanted to see the Vagina Monologue. If anyone else is interested, I’d love to see it with you.

    Fiona Lui

    January 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm


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