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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

V-Day and A Call to Men have launched a competition calling on high school students in the United States and college students around the world to use their creative talents to 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

  • Just out: V’s Latest Piece “Women know how choice and freedom feel – and we will never give that up” in The Guardian “This might be why you are unable to see that there is no chance in hell that we are ever going back. This is not a law yet and we will never accept this ruling. Perhaps because you have never known what it is like to have your body controlled by the vindictive anonymous state, to be raped and forced to keep your baby, to be so desperate that you destroy your uterus with a hanger or……

  • We mourn the loss of and celebrate the life of life-long activist Kathy Boudin, a cherished partner and V-Day sister for many years. An organizer for racial justice and an anti-war activist, Kathy turned a prison sentence into a breathtaking life of service. She became a leading voice for women in prison, developing programs in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility’s Children’s Center, helping to bring college education back into the prison when public funding for it ended, and doing groundbreaking work on HIV/AIDS that still reverberates today. At Bedford Hills, Kathy built community. She started a yearly tradition of giving……

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 21, 2022 V-Day Announces Maya Penn, Chela Mitchell, and Luke Ferrari as College Judges for Dismantle Patriarchy Contest Deadline for Dismantle Patriarchy Contest’s College Submissions Extended to May 5, 2022 Renowned Artists and Activists Will Evaluate Submissions From College Students Who Challenge Patriarchy Through Art, Music, Other Creative Forms Today, the global activist movement to end violence against women, girls, and the planet, V-Day, announced a new committee of judges for the college division of their Dismantle Patriarchy Contest. The judges include award-winning environmental activist, CEO and author, Maya Penn, artist and creative advisor Chela……

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