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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.

Latest Posts

NEWS

  • One Billion Rising calls upon the Nigerian government to end SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which has a brutal history of unlawful arrests, kidnapping, harassment, extortion and killings.  As the government sought to end two weeks of marches against police brutality that have mushroomed into broader nationwide demonstrations, thousands of Nigerians – spurred on by young people – have taken to the streets to protest SARS.  While the government announced Sunday that the unit was being disbanded, soldiers opened fire into protesting crowds in Lagos late Tuesday night.  News media are reporting that one person was killed and 30 people......

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 9, 2020 CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna(at)unbendablemedia.com  V-Day Launches VOICES, A New Flagship Interdisciplinary Art Campaign For Black Women Led By Aja Monet; The Vagina Monologues Takes A Bow From V-Day Movement VOICES Instagram Live series, The Listening Tour, launches Today, October 9 at 7PM ET Call for Global Poetry, Prose And Visual Art Submissions, Will Feature Black Women Artists and Writers From Around The World in 2021 Show: VOICES Today, October 9th, poet and activist Aja Monet and playwright, activist and V-Day Founder V (formerly Eve Ensler) will launch VOICES, a new interdisciplinary performance......

  • by Tonja Renée Stidhum (The Root) The year 2020 has served as an opportunity for many people to pivot in their careers—and the same can be said for programming in the arts. The Root has exclusively learned that V-Day (a global activist movement organization with a mission to end violence against women) is replacing the highly popular episodic play The Vagina Monologues with VOICES, “a new interdisciplinary performance arts project and campaign grounded in Black women’s stories.” From the press release sent to The Root: VOICES seeks to unify the vision of ending violence against women (cis women and trans women) and nonbinary and gender fluid people......

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