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V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. It grew quickly into a mass movement active on every continent since it was founded almost 20 years ago. It has become a crucial catalyst in the global fight to stop gender-based violence as it, attacking the silence that allows violence against women to continue.

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 curated by V-Day 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 and local epidemic of gender-based violence. V-Day activists have worked to shed light on the fact that political instability and armed conflict—fueled by religious, ethnic, nationalist and economic forces—further escalate the risk of such violence, as rape, battery, and sexual slavery are used as weapons of war. At the same time, immigration status, racial bias, transphobia and homophobia, and economic inequality keep women in unsafe working conditions, where they often have to endure violence as part of the job.

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PRODUCE A V-DAY EVENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY / COLLEGE / WORKPLACE:

V-Day offers two artistic pieces that require registration in order to be staged in compliance with V-Day guidelines.

  • The Vagina Monologues reminds us with each performance that the personal is political, that speaking out can be an act of resistance. This remains V-Day's most chosen creative vehicle to bring the message forward. It has been performed by women (cisgender, transgender, and gender non conforming) around the world, raising both funds and awareness.
  • A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer shares the voices of many writers about the issue and offers theatrical roles for men, as well as women and folks of all gender identities.

This is the moment. V20: Rise, Resist Unite.

To sign up to produce an event, visit to vspot.vday.org

Questions? Email campaigns(at)vday.org

WHAT IT MEANS IN 2018: The 20th Anniversary of The Vagina Monologues & V-Day

It's been almost 20 years since V-Day was founded, since Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, sharing the stories of women as they had never been told before. 2018 will be our 20th year.

Twenty years ago, Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), bringing widespread attention to issues of harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.

Today, the movement - and the V-Day activists at its core - is more active than ever, producing art for social change, activating communities & colleges, raising crucial funds for rape crisis shelters, domestic violence shelters, local programs for trans youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and so many more reflecting the needs of their communities.

V-Day activists have leveraged the power of art and activism to a scale never seen before.

When The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues, "probably the most important political theater of the past decade", the paper was directly speaking to the grassroots and global activism staged in communities and on college campuses, in churches, in the streets, in radical spaces by V-Day activists.

It's 2018. The 20th Anniversary. We have so many victories to celebrate and yet we find ourselves in a moment defined in so many ways by rampant racist patriarchy, fascism, xenophobia and hate.

In the face of resistance, and at the intersection of art and activism, you have saved lives, raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and kept domestic violence shelters from closing, educated your communities, and raised over an astounding $100 million in urgently needed funds for local grassroots groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.

Through One Billion Rising, you shook the earth through the massive RISINGS in which over ONE BILLION people danced to end the epidemic of violence, we have shifted consciousness and broken the deadly silence. And every day, you stage art in your community for social change, you RISE, you are in the streets rising against racist patriarchy.

Through One Billion Rising, activists have mobilized, engaged, and awakened people worldwide, making violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. They have revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. They have made visible, volatile, and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, and gender injustice. They have formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women's movement but also between people's movements covering diverse sectors.

And they have shown that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity.

Interested in a One Billion Rising event?
Learn more about the 2018 Campaign and stage a RISING event