V-Mail: September News & Updates
1. Eve Ensler Keynote Speaker at GLAMOUR Magazine's Annual "Top Ten College Women" Luncheon
On September 8, Eve Ensler joined GLAMOUR magazine Editor in Chief Cindi Leive at GLAMOUR's Top 10 College Women Award. Eve spoke at the luncheon ceremony in New York City to an esteemed audience which included the ten awardees. Now in its 49th year, the program honors 10 college women from across the United States for their campus leadership, community involvement and academic excellence, as well as their unique, inspiring goals.
This year's honorees are: Yasmin Elhady, Emory University; Liz Healy, Southern Methodist University; Danielle Josephs, Rutgers University; Chikoto Mibenge, Wellesley College; Rebecca Lynn Mitchell, University of Minnesota; Christine Olivia Nguyen, University of Texas, Austin; Elizabeth Scoville, University of Kentucky; Maya Shankar, Yale University; and Dawn Smith, Julliard.
The 10 winners are profiled in October issue of GLAMOUR, which hits newsstands nationally on September 12th. Each winner receives a cash prize, a trip to New York, opportunities to meet with top professionals in a variety of fields, national recognition in the magazine and a gift basket from L'Oréal Paris. Over the years, the awards have gone to such movers and shakers as Martha Stewart, actress JoBeth Williams, and Dallas Mayor Laura S. Miller.
2. Executive Director Jerri Lynn Fields to Be Honored at Right Rides Benefit in NYC
On Thursday, September 21, V-Day Executive Director Jerri Lynn Fields will be honored with the Distinguished Defender award at Friends of Right Rides 2006 Social, celebrating RightRides For Women's Safety Second Anniversary. The event will take place in New York City at 120 Wooster Street from 6-9pm.
Other Distinguished Defender awardees include Harriet Lessel - Executive Director, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault and Two RightRides Volunteers.
RightRides mission is to reduce the risk of harassment and sexual assault by community organizing, offering direct service programs, plus fostering greater safety awareness and individual empowerment in our related educational programs. The RightRides program offers women, transpeople and gender queer individuals a free, late-night ride home to insure their safe commute to or through high-risk areas. The Safe Walk program offers walking escorts for any one who doesn't want to walk alone.
For every ticket sold, RightRides can provide 15 safe rides home. For more information and to purchase tickets the event, please visit www.RightRides.org/social
3. Eve Ensler's The Treatment Opens Impact Festival
On September 12th, 2006, V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler's edgy new political drama, The Treatment opened at The Culture Project in New York City.
"Deeply unsettling, even haunting..."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
"A gripping and provocative two-character play, expertly produced by The Culture Project, about the psychological aftermath of performing cruel acts in the service of one's country... The 2006-07 theatre season may now begin its must-see list."
Starring Dylan McDermott and Portia and directed by Leigh Silverman, The Treatment is a searing account of torture and accountability that follows a traumatized soldier who seeks redemption from a military psychiatrist.
The Treatment is part of The Impact festival, which includes theater, music, dance, comedy, visual arts, film, and debate, at venues across New York City from September 11th - October 22nd. Please check www.cultureproject.org for a performance schedule and ticket information.
4. Stay Tuned V-Day 2007 Registration opens late September
Registration to organize a V-Day 2007 benefit will open in late September. It will be announced in V-Mail first, so stay tuned here.
Each year between February 1 and March 8 (International Women's Day), 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 produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
Join us, be part of the movement to end violence against women and girls, organize a V-Day in 2007!