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V-DAY IS A GLOBAL ACTIVIST MOVEMENT

TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ALL WOMEN, GIRLS AND THE PLANET

Growing from a singular play to a vast global movement of survivors, artists and activists, V-Day works at the intersection of art and activism to shatter taboos, create space for women and the most marginalized, and initiate community led culture and system change. V-Day is a movement of everyday grassroots leaders demanding change for their communities.

New Campaign

VOICES

Voices is a new interdisciplinary performance arts project and campaign grounded in Black women’s stories by V-Day to unify the vision of ending violence against women: cis women, trans women, and non binary people across the African Continent and African Diaspora. Our goal is to use art to embody and inspire solidarity-making in our collective imagination.

We are the poems we have been waiting for. 

No movement will survive without our sistering.

Global Rising

ONE BILLION RISING

1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) in human history. The campaign, which launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS

City Of Joy

TURNING PAIN TO POWER

City of Joy is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region plagued by an ongoing proxy war for the area’s vast mineral resources. Since opening in 2011, 1472 women have graduated from the CITY OF JOY, healed themselves, been nurtured, learned new skills, empowered themselves and joined into a network of love and revolution. These women have released massive trauma and horrific memories. They have danced, sung, learned their rights, performed plays, developed agricultural skills, come to love their bodies. They have become leaders in their communities. They are no longer stigmatized for being raped.

These women are forces of energy and determination, entrepreneurs of small businesses, initiators of collectives, restaurants owners, farmers with new land, educators and advocates on sexual violence, volunteers in a self-created recruiting network for new women at the center, journalists, immigration workers, tailors, students, herbalists, and more. 42 graduates are employed at V-World Farm, a large sustainable farm run by V-Day Congo.

City of Joy serves 90 survivors of gender violence aged 18 to 30 at a time.

Student Uprising

DISMANTLE PATRIARCHY

Enter the Dismantle Patriarchy Contest to address how patriarchy impacts your life, your community, the world. How might we dismantle – take apart, break into pieces, deconstruct – patriarchy? What would it take? How would YOU do it? Bring your creative voice to this contest! Tell us, in whatever creative method reflects your project, and you just might win an award for your idea. Submissions can be in the form of essay, poetry, music, art, photography, film, etc.

Experiment. Think outside the box. Break down patriarchy and show us what a post-patriarchal world looks like. Articulate your vision using all the creative tools at your disposal.

The Dismantle Patriarchy Contest is postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please stay safe and healthy, and check back again soon for news on when we will reinstate the competition.

Latest Posts

NEWS

  • View the Message on V’s Instagram Happy V-Day and One Billion Rising Gardens to my beloved sisters, brothers, and non-binary friends across this hurting and precious planet. I miss you. I cherish you. I admire you. I rise with you. There were so many things I had planned to talk with you about this February 14th. I was going to talk One Billion Rising Gardens and how awed I am to see thousands of grassroots actions for revival, restoration and transformation emerge across the planet, making the connection between violence against women and destruction of the Earth, amplifying the issues......

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: media(at)vday.org ONE BILLION RISING 2021: RISING GARDENS PRESS RELEASE  One Billion Rising Events Take Place Globally, Amplifying the 2021 Rising Gardens Theme and the Connection between Violence Against Women and the Destruction of the Earth Rising Gardens Activist Events Call for a Shift from Consumption and Greed at the expense of the many, to Cultivation, Creation and Care  Global and Grassroots Reach of Activist Events Expands online, Creating Connection, Community and Solidarity February 2021 – One Billion Rising activists are calling for RISING GARDENS, a global grassroots call for revival, restoration and transformation, making the connection......

  • Shared by Andrés Naime (OBR Mexico coordinator) OBR Mexico 2021 (Un billón de pie – México) will rise amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic of COVID-19 but also the uncertainty of the solving of the rising numbers of violence against women that happened in the 2nd half of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. We will resume the momentum created by the gigantic events that took place in the country on March 8, 2020, which was created by the repeated power that is exercised, which discriminates and violates because women are not recognized in full equality, there are still stereotypes......

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