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1115 Colleges and Communities to Stage V-Day 2006 Benefits in Over 54 Countries

01/19/2006

Over 1090 colleges and communities are confirmed to present V-Day 2006 benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" to date.

The range and breadth this year is vast. From February - March, local activists in over 54 countries, on 687 college campuses, and in over 428 communities will produce a V-Day benefit. Each community typically stages two-three nights in a row, due to popular demand, totaling over 2500 fundraisers in all.

Some highlights: 2006 locations include three new countries in Southern Africa: Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana. Communities and colleges in all Scandinavian countries including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, in countries in Europe and Eastern Europe including Spain, Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina will participate. The Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Mexico will be staging benefits this year. Events will also take place in all 50 of the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and over 50 events will take place in the United Kingdom alone.

These worldwide events will recognize new Vagina Warriors and inspire even more to join the movement. Through the theme "Vagina Warriors: The New Revolution," V-Day events will bring to light faces new and old with one thing in common - their tireless and creative commitment to ending violence against women.

At each event, organizers will place a global spotlight on the 'Comfort Women' to raise funds and awareness and to demand an apology from the Japanese Government. The 'Comfort Women' were young women of various ethnic and national backgrounds who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II between 1932 and 1945. Coinciding with the spotlight, over 21 V-Day events will take place in Asia including China, Fiji, Japan, Saipan, Taiwan, Singapore, and 14 events in the Philippines.