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Happy V-Day from Eve
Happy V-Day from Eve
When I saw this photo from Antarctica I was overwhelmed. Through this photograph, I got a glimpse of what we are doing. Maybe it's because today is V-Day and 1150 colleges and communities will be celebrating 3000 benefits across the globe raising funds and awareness for local anti-violence groups, education programs, shelters and rape crisis centers. Maybe it's because the photo made me think of the polar bears and the preciousness of the earth and how connected everything is. Maybe it's because the small group of people in the photograph stood up in their community way out there and made a difference on their particular spot on earth and because each one of you is doing the same.
We WILL end violence against women and girls. We are ending violence against women and girls because one person and then another in each community in each town by mountains, rivers, high rises, in snow, in sunlight, in peace, in unity, with humor and outrage is standing up.
Happy Happy V-Day!
Support V-Day, Attend an Event in Your Community:
V-Day 2007 benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues are occurring around the world from February 1 - March 8. Visit events.vday.org to find an event near you!
V-Day Events in the News:
Each day, we receive news alerts about the thousands of V-Day events that are taking place throughout the world. Today, we wanted to share several with you in celebration of V-Day 2007:
'Vagina Monologues': Willamette University still has something to say
Salem Statesman Journal, OR
Monologues Speak to All
Georgetown University The Hoya, DC
IU's V-Day campaign seeks to curb violence against women
Indiana Daily Student, IN
V-Day sends message of empowerment to women
Charleston Post Courier, SC
The Power of 'The Vagina Monologues'
Frederick News Post, MD
V-Day & Glamour Magazine Present Stories Of Women In Conflict / Women Of Peace, L.A February 21st
On Wednesday, February 21st in Los Angeles, powerful women in entertainment will band together to champion the personal stories of "women in conflict/women of peace" at a pre-Oscar event hosted by Eve Ensler, Cindi Leive, and Paula Wagner.
While war exponentially increases crimes of violence against women and girls, it also draws attention to the strength and resilience among women rebuilding communities and leading governments to peaceful solutions. V-Day is dedicating its 2007 Spotlight campaign to Women In Conflict Zones to communicate these stories to global audiences and media. Introduced by V-Day star supporters, women who have persevered through conflict will share their personal stories of uprising:
- Margaret Jayah, A Survivor, Sierra Leone
At merely 13 years old, Margaret Jayah was abducted by rebels in Sierra Leone. A sex slave for nine months, she was ganged raped, and to this day does not know who fathered her seven year old son. Margaret persevered through this horrific experience and is currently in high school at 20 years old.
- Myriam Merlet, Chief of Staff of the Ministry for Women, Haiti
Like many who sought exodus from poverty and repression, she fled Haiti in the 1970's. After a politically active life in the Haitian Diaspora, Myriam returned to Haiti with her young family in 1986. As both a political activist and professional, Myriam remains committed to the process of social and political change in Haiti. Myriam is also a published author on women's rights, race and gender issues.
- Zoya, Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), Afghanistan
Born in Kabul in 1976, Zoya grew up during the wars that ravaged Afghanistan and took the lives of her parents who were murdered by Muslim fundamentalists. Today, Zoya works in refugee camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan and represents RAWA globally, speaking out for the plight of Afghan women. Zoya is the subject of the 2002 book "Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom."
Co-hosting the event in support of V-Day's global movement to end violence against women and girls are Rosario Dawson, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Marisa Tomei and Kerry Washington.
It's Not Too Late To Send A V-Card For Valentine's Day!
A V-Card is the perfect gift for this Valentine's Day. V-Cards arrive in time AND you will know that your gift is needed and will be well used.
We'll send a special Valentine's Day V-Card letting your recipient know of your gift.
This Valentine's Day V-Gift will be used to address the most critical issues of violence against women and will help to empower women and girls around the world.
To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $40 million and educated millions about the issues of violence against women and girls, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; launched the Karama program in the Middle East; reopened shelters; and funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq.
In 2006, V-Day was named one of Marie Claire's "Top Ten Charities" and in 2001, one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities."
Violence affects one in three women in the US and the world, your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, $100, $500, or more will help V-Day end violence against women!
94 cents of every dollar you give goes straight to ending violence against women and girls.