25 May V’s Birthday Wish: Give to the World the Thing that You Want the Most
25 May is our visionary Founder V (formerly Eve Ensler)’s 70th birthday!
To celebrate this milestone, and to commemorate 25 years of V-Day – the movement that she launched with her pathbreaking play The Vagina Monologues – we are raising funds for V-Day’s ongoing work across the planet.
It is nearly impossible to summarize the vast impact that V has had on this movement, the communities in which it lives and the culture at large. V has inspired countless individuals to become life-long activists working to end violence in all of its forms. She has helped grassroots leaders get the spotlight they deserve, and she has ingeniously created a model to use art to generate funds and awareness to make the seemingly impossible possible.
Over the past 25 years, under V’s leadership, V-Day has worked at the intersection of art and activism to shatter taboos, created space for women and the most marginalized, and initiated community led culture and system change. Over $120 million dollars has been raised for grassroots anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and safe houses, shattering taboos and transforming the way activists make change in their communities. From the City of Joy and V-World Farm in Congo to the V-Day Safe House for the Girls in Kenya, VOICES to One Billion Rising, the Beyond Incarceration Project to the Dismantle Patriarchy Contest, V has been the thread that ties all of our work together, holding the larger vision, pushing us forward, and fiercely believing that together we can create a world free of violence.
Today, we celebrate V! What a gift it is to know her and work by her side.
To show your appreciation, please consider making a gift in her name.
$7000, $700, $70, give what you can
Happy 70th Birthday V!
With love and appreciation,
Susan, Purva, Tony, Monique, Christine, Aja, Leila, Roz, Carl, Hollis, Helen & Kayla
You can read about the past year in our work in our recent Board Report. Hear V-Day activists tell their story of “what happened in their communities after they took action,” of that seminal V-Day moment in their lives in The Guardian piece, “What happens when you start trusting women? We have the receipts.”