V-Day's Five City 'Turning Pain to Power' Brings International Attention to the Women and Girls of the DRC
V-Day's 'Turning Pain To Power Tour' took place during the month of February making stops in NYC, LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta and Washington, DC.
The tour featured Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize and Founder of the ground breaking Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in conversation with Eve Ensler, reaching thousands of women and men throughout North America and bringing attention to the violence against women in the Congo, and V-Day's joint campaign with UNICEF - STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO >
V To The Tenth
In April of 2008, V-Day celebrated its tenth anniversary, V TO THE TENTH at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome. Over 30,000 people attended the events over the two days. Thousands traveled from out of state and country for the events that featured over 125 speakers, over 40 stars, a choir of 200, and over 800 volunteers providing their services free of charge. In conjunction with the events, V-Day donated over $700,000 to groups in the region working to end violence against women and girls. Learn more and see images and video from the extraordinary event >
V-Day: Until The Violence Stops:NYC
Presented by V-Day in June of 2006, UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC took over New York City, putting women, their empowerment and safety directly on center stage. The festival issued a call to action to all New Yorkers, and to the world: Demand an end to violence against women and girls and become an active participant in ending it. Learn more >
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ABOUT ONE BILLION RISING
ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION
14 February 2013 marked the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls. V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING campaign leveraged the strength of V-Day’s 15-year activist network to mobilize over a billion people worldwide, inspiring women and men in 207 countries to come together and express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE against violence.
One Billion Rising succeeded in creating visibility and understanding of the interconnection between issues such as poverty, corruption, greed, environmental plunder, imperialism, religious marginalization, immigration, labor, and political repression, and violence against women.
The campaign has already spurred governments to invite local women to the table to discuss the issue of violence against women, garnered unparalleled international media attention and discourse, highlighted the push to pass the Violence Against Women Act in the U.S. Congress, and brought about a new level of awareness that the time to act is now.
One Billion Rising is the beginning of the new world ignited by a new energy. It is not the end of a struggle but the escalation of it, so V-Day asks those who rose around the globe to take a simple pledge, to do one thing in the next year to end violence against women. It could be a simple action, or a monumental one; personal, or political; quiet or loud, but these actions – taken together – will create change.
One Billion Rising will continue to grow and expand, not to become an annual holiday, but to catalyze the energy that has been activated on 14 February 2013.
V-Day 2013 events benefited over 1,500 organizations around the world working to stop violence against women and girls. See some of the organizations that received funds and support from local V-Day events >