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Please join us in welcoming Roslyn Smith to the V-Day team. As Program Manager, Roz will oversee V-Day’s new Beyond Incarceration project which will further expand and deepen V-Day’s ongoing work with formerly incarcerated women and incarcerated women, engaging and educating activists throughout the US and worldwide in a dialogue around restorative justice. Roz brings her personal experience from long-term incarceration as a vehicle for her work as a criminal justice reform advocate. “As I think about both the roots of my involvement in violence and the issue of responsibility, I know that increasingly it is understood that people who...

RISE for Freedom, Create the New Culture Our One Billion Rising 2023 call is to Rise for Freedom & Create the New Culture in order to address the devastating consequences of the ongoing vicious systems of patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism and racism in the world today and the destructive battle for power fought over women’s bodies and the body of the earth. This year’s campaign celebrates 10 years of One Billion Rising and urges communities worldwide to utilize art and activism, creative resistance events and gatherings, both online and offline, to demand an end to violence against women, girls, gender nonconforming...

Photo: Patrick Lwaboshi On 28 June, the 25th class graduated from the City of Joy, a formidable accomplishment amidst increasing conflict in the Eastern Congo. 89 women have turned their pain to power, becoming young leaders who are environmentalists, journalists and storytellers, public speakers, peace activists, and advocates for freedom and gender equality among so many emerging talents. Photos: Carlos Schuler Following is an excerpt from the report by co-founder and director of City of Joy and V-Day Congo, Christine Schuler Deschryver: June 28 marked the completion of training in women’s leadership and emotional healing for 89 residents of the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Contact: [email protected] VOICES: a sacred sisterscape NOW AVAILABLE DIGITALLY IN ALL MARKETS PREMIERED AT THE APOLLO THEATRE Interdisciplinary Performance Art Project and Campaign Grounded in Black Women’s Stories of the African Continent and Diaspora Brought to Life (Tuesday, June 11, 2024 – New York, New York) – A new audio play, VOICES: a sacred sisterscape, which premiered to sold out crowds at The Apollo Theatre on May 31, is now streaming across all audio platforms. Distributed by Blackstone Publishing, VOICES, is an audio experience of stories written by, narrated by and centering Black...

‘DOING TIME – A WOMEN’S VIEW’ ANIMATED SHORT FILM RELEASED Must watch! A NEW animated short released today, ‘Doing Time: A Woman’s View’ features writings by incarcerated & formerly incarcerated women from the Right/Write to Heal Initiative, a joint project of the Columbia Center for Justice and V-Day’s Beyond Incarceration Project, in collaboration with Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) and Human Pictures. Writings by the Right/Write to Heal Initiative’s Jonel Beauvais, Judy Clark, Leah Faria, Selina Fulford, Latisha Morris, Harmony, Betsy Ramos, Edna Sams, V-Day’s Beyond Incarceration Project Manager Roslyn Smith, and Cheryl Wilkins are included in the short film....

By Right/Write to Heal: Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women in Their Own Voices, a joint project of the Columbia Center for Justice and V-Day’s Beyond Incarceration Project, in collaboration with Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) and Human Pictures ‘DOING TIME’ Released for V25, the 25th Anniversary of the V-Day, the Global Activist Movement to End Violence Against Women, Gender Expansive People, Girls & the Planet  April 10, 2023 –  Right/Write to Heal: Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women in Their Own Voices, a joint project of the Columbia Center for Justice and V-Day’s Beyond Incarceration Project, in collaboration with Rehabilitation Through the Arts...

V25: CELEBRATION, PROVOCATION, LIBERATION:  V-Day Commemorates Twenty-Five Years of Global, Grassroots Activism, the Release of New Audioplay VOICES, & New Memoir Reckoning by Founder V (formerly Eve Ensler) After twenty-five years, V-Day reflects on its legacy of organizing to end violence against women, girls and the planet; supporting grassroots anti-violence efforts;  inspiring activists around the world to rise up as leaders in the global fight for gender equality NEW YORK, NY — This month, V-Day, the global movement working to end violence against women, gender expansive people, girls and the planet, commemorates V25, its twenty-fifth anniversary of activism, advocacy and organizing led...

The 5th annual FreeHer conference brought together formerly incarcerated women and directly affected people. Activists, advocates, experts, policymakers, and supporters from across the country came to connect and share ideas and resources to work collectively toward ending the incarceration of women and girls and creating systems to empower themselves and their communities. The event featured armchair conversations, panel discussions, abolition and social justice organizations, networking opportunities, speakers, breakout rooms, and more. The following is my journal reflections on the conference as it was taking place. The annual FreeHer is underway and I am excited to see everyone and be here...

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...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) This Black History Month we celebrate the courageous, creative and visionary Black activists who make up our movement to end violence against all women and girls and the planet. Each and every day, they push boundaries, build community and create the most astounding art. Featured are Aimee Allison, Dara Baldwin, Massaran Bibi, Essowèdéou Armande Blakime, Cecila Brenda, Ted Bunch, Christine Schuler Deschryver, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Lucinda Evans, Irene Garoës, Colani Hlatjwako, Alice Kachere, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Josina Z. Machel, Isata Mahoi, Libakiso Matlho, aja monet, Queen Mosarwe, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Ndioro Ndiaye, Vickenzie Gifty Ofei, Agnes...