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The Vagina Monologues at Baldwin Wallace University

UPublish story by Xavier P. Khan

Come check out Baldwin Wallace's upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues, a benefit production in accordance with V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. The proceeds from this production will benefit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. The performance will take place on Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 PM in Kleist Center for Art and Drama located on Baldwin Wallace's campus. The address is 95 E. Bagley Rd. Berea, Ohio.

ABOUT VDAY

V-Day is a global activist 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 sex slavery.

 

In 2010, more than 5400 V-Day events took place around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $75 million and reached over 300 million people.

 

Performance is just the beginning. V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women including the documentary Until The Violence Stops; community briefings on the missing and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico; the December 2003 V-Day delegation trip to Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan; the Afghan Women's Summit; the March 2004 delegation to India; the Stop Rape Contest; the Indian Country Project; Love Your Tree; the June 2006 two-week festival of theater, spoken word, performance and community events UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC ; the 2008, V-Day 10-year anniversary events V TO THE TENTH at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome ; the Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource: Power To The Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo Campaign; the V-Girls Campaign and the V-Men Campaign, which launched in 2010.

 

The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 130 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities", in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on GreatNonprofits. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.vday.org

 

MISSION STATEMENT

· V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.

· V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.

· V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.

· V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.

· V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.

· V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.

· V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine's Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.

· V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!

SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN OF HAITI:

Each year V-Day increases awareness by focusing on a specific group of women in the world who are resisting violence with courage and vision. In 2012, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign will be on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy and legal services.

EVE’S BIOGRAPHY

Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer and activist. She is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 45 languages and performed in over 120 countries. She is also the founder/artistic director of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised nearly 60 million dollars and recently celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in April 2008. Eve’s plays include Necessary Targets, Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary Measures and The Good Body, which she performed on Broadway, followed by a national tour. Both The Good Body and The Vagina Monologues are now being performed throughout the world and have been published by Random House. In September 2006, Eve’s play, The Treatment, premiered at the Culture Project in New York City. O.P.C., her newest work, will debut this summer at NY Stage and Film at Vassar College. In 2006, Eve released her first nonfiction book, Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir, and co-edited A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer, an anthology of writings about violence against women. Both were published by Random House. Eve’s film credits include an HBO film version of The Vagina Monologues. She also produced the film What I Want My Words to Do To You, a documentary about her work with women in prison, which won the Freedom of Expression Award at Sundance and was shown on PBS. Eve has written numerous articles for Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire, Huffington Post, Utne Reader, as well as a regular column in O Magazine. She has won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting and an Obie, in addition to a number of honorary degrees. Eve is currently working on a film version of her play Necessary Targets and a new book of monologues, I Am an Emotional Creature, to be published by Random House in 2010.

 

HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH V-DAY

For more information about V‑Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, please visit the V‑Day web site at www.vday.org. To stay informed about events, actions, and opportunities for participation, sign up for V-Mail, the movement's online newsletter at www.vday.org/vmail.


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