2021 V IS FOR VICTORY V IS FOR VISIONARY V IS FOR VOICESDear V-Activists: At the beginning of each season when we sit down to write to you – the countless activists around the world who are the lifeblood of the V-Day movement – we take stock of the political and social realities playing out on local, regional, national and global levels and how they may be impacting you. As a team, we ask ourselves some difficult but important questions:
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. Directed by poet/organizer Aja Monet, V-Day’s new Artistic Creative Director, Voices Campaign. Our goal is to use art to embody and inspire solidarity-making in our collective imagination.
Follow the campaign as it emerges on Instagram @visforvoices and voices.vday.org. Many more details to follow, we invite you to join the process.
DISMANTLE PATRIARCHY, YOUTH ART CONTEST
A contest challenging college students, ages 22 and under, to envision how they might change the larger societal system of patriarchy to create an accepting society through visual art, music, essay, story, poetry, video or photography. Submissions can be in the form of essay, poetry, music, art, photography, film, and more. Read more and enter.
Create an artistic piece foregrounding the voices of your community and create an online or in person event. Invite local writers, activists and artists to participate. Utilize the power of online performance and create a new space for your art and activism and support of local groups led by and for survivors.
ONE BILLION RISING: RISING GARDENS
Rising Gardens is a defiant creative call for revival, restoration and transformation. Gardens as a compassionate call for justice – because one of the greatest injustices of our time has been the destruction and eradication of Mother Earth, parallel to the ongoing and escalating gender-based violence. Ready to RISE? Visit OneBillionRising.org
CITY OF JOY: TURNING PAIN TO POWER
Screen the City of Joy documentary which tells the story of the first class of women at City of Joy, and chronicles the process by which such a transformational place came to be, from its origins with the women survivors themselves, to the opening of the center’s doors. Watch the Film, Host a House Party or Screening & Spread the Word.For over 22 years, V-Day has unleashed vast grassroots, anti-violence work on college campuses and in communities – visionary work that has been survivor-led and focused, all the while revealing the power of art and activism to change culture and systems. Beginning with and inspired by The Vagina Monologues, new artistic works, films and campaigns have emerged from this movement – from Afghanistan Is Everywhere, The V-Day Safe House for the Girls in Kenya, The Indian Country Project, The Missing and Murdered Women in Juárez campaign, and Any One of Us: Words From Prison, to Swimming Upstream, the City of Joy and V-World Farm in Congo, the documentary films Until The Violence Stops and City of Joy, Artistic Uprising events in NYC and on the US/Mexico border, the V20 series of short films, and more.
We have accomplished so much. Now we must do more. We are a movement that has always met the moment. The moment is NOW.
V photo by Brigitte Lacombe