College and Community Campaigns
V-Day is a global activist movement to end 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.
Over the past fifteen years, V-Day's grassroots activists have proven that, when offered the support and tools to end violence against women in a creative way, they will eagerly embrace the opportunity. Through V-Day's College and Community Campaigns, thousands of motivated individuals across the globe have hosted V-Day benefit events, using Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and other artistic pieces to raise money for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls, as well as heightening awareness in their communities about the global epidemic of gender-based violence.
V-Day offers 5 artistic pieces which all require registration in order to be staged in compliance with V-Day guidelines (vspot.vday.org):
As the stalwart favorite script, The Vagina Monologues remains V-Day's most chosen creative vehicle to bring the message forward, this year being performed over 5,500 times around the world.
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer shares the voices of many writers about the issue and offers students and communities the opportunity to include men in the cast.
Productions of Any One of Us: Words from Prison, reveals the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there. The documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You, the PBS film based on Eve's writing group at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, is screened as a complementing event.
Screenings of V-Day’s 2002 documentary, Until The Violence Stops, about the creation and impact of the V-Day movement, rounds out the 5 event choices.
Additionally, V-Day organizers conduct V-Men workshops, with many schools reporting that V-Men will become an ongoing part of their curriculum. And as part of the annual campaigns, each year V-Day focuses on a particular Spotlight Campaign, which over the years have included, amongst others, the women on Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Congo, New Orleans, Native American Women.
With the amount of artistic pieces on offer from V-Day, together will local activities such as self defense courses, Red Tent healing circles, youth actions, art shows, and film festivals many activists develop week-long, weekend-long, month-long actions, inspired by a 2006 festival, V-DAY: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC.
Since the Campaigns' inception in 1998, participation has grown exponentially. Beginning in 1998 with one event in New York City, the College and Community campaigns extend to more than 140 countries with over 5,000 benefit performances annually.
The proceeds generated from these events have also grown. College and community activists raise an annual average of over $4 million that stays in their communities, donated to local groups such as domestic violence shelters and rape crises centers. Ten percent of each event's proceeds are channeled back to V-Day's Spotlight Campaign and 100% of that funding is given to the Spotlight grantees. In this way, activists in every setting from university main-stages to private homes, from coffee shops to classrooms, unite to support a common cause.
To sign up for an event, go to vspot.vday.org