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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

  • The rapid spread of coronavirus across the globe has revealed what has always been a glaring truth for so many of the essential workers who are the backbone of our society: inequity. From the people who pick our food to the people who deliver our packages, it is the working class and poor who are most vulnerable to the virus and the economic disaster that COVID-19 has laid bare. So often these frontline workers are women. Many of them are activists, young leaders, and women who are part of our movement. In response to these increasing needs, V-Day launched the......

  • We were so hopeful and excited about the vaccines being administered out here in the free world. This meant that we were somewhat protected from this deadly virus that had taken the lives of too many precious souls. The women at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility were just as excited because they were finally allowed to sign up to get vaccinations. The visiting room was estimated to be opening up at the end of April, so women would see their children and family again, after a year of no visiting. Some of the older women and those that have pre-existing medical problems got their second dose of the Moderna vaccine on April 12th, 2021. The administration had acquired the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine and said it would no longer be issuing the Moderna and that the population would get J&J next week. Everyone was excited, anticipating planning visits and the fear began to subside with protection from the vaccines on the horizon. The good news turned to bad, and hope scurried out the door. There were news reports about the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - several women that received the one-shot vaccine had acquired blood clots and one had died....

  • Around the world, activists have heard the call to action of One Billion RISING GARDENS, a global grassroots call for revival, restoration and transformation, making the connection between violence against women and destruction of the earth. Survivors, artists, and activists are planting gardens and creating unique works of art while hosting events online and on the ground worldwide. RISING GARDENS participants are highlighting the convergence of women’s inequality and food insecurity, land ownership, healthcare access, and the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on frontline and marginalized communities....

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