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Author: V-Day

I am an Afghan woman and my name is Dina (not real name). I would like to share with you a small part of Afghan families' sorrow under the Taliban. I was walking on the street when I noticed a little boy around 10 years old cleaning cars. He was very dirty, tired, sad and hopeless. I went up close and started a conversation. I asked, "What are you doing on the streets during school hours? You should be in school, at least it is open for boys. And why do you look so tired?"...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) I have “risen” for/with V-Day and OBR for the past decade. This year feels different. It is different. Maybe it is because I live in the US where women have lost the right to abortion that we had for the past 50 years. But maybe it is also because of the visibility of the “woman-led revolution” in Iran, and the Ukrainian women snipers, and the women activists in Chile and Brazil. We can see women demanding democracy even if there are endless attempts to make us invisible. As democracy, in whatever fashion and incompleteness it exists, is under...

25 May is our Founder V’s (formerly Eve Ensler) birthday. To celebrate, please support the Artist Solidarity Fund for individual artists who are courageously rising with their plays, poems, paintings, novels, music in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, fascism, oppression and occupation and violence in places like Brazil, Ukraine, Palestine and Afghanistan, where they are most needed. We need their voices now more than ever. We need their energy, inspiration, vision and magic. And they need our support more than ever so that we have ways of making meaning out of the chaos and struggle that defines these days. Artist...

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 bleed...

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 thanks...

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 Mitchell, and actor, dancer,...

– New Piece in The Guardian by Shikiba, a Teacher at City of Knowledge Photo: Afghan teachers protest against the Taliban’s closure of classes to older girls. Photograph: EPA/The Guardian As we RISE for the Bodies of All Women, Girls & the Earth and activate worldwide, we continue to find ways to RISE for and with the women of Afghanistan, to share the reality of life on the ground, and ways we can directly help. Written for The Guardian by Shikiba, a former teacher at the now closed City of Knowledge, an education centre in Kabul for girls and women supported by V-Day, her...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) We call on the world to pay attention to the suffering of women and girls in Tigray, Ethiopia. Women and girls in Tigray are targeted for rape and sexual violence by fighting forces. Troops Militia rape, abduct women and girls in Tigray conflict. This is according to a report released by Amnesty International in August 2021. Democracy in Africa seems to be regressing as conflict ravages different parts of the continent and causes the collapse of democratic institutions, economic and social infrastructure and creates a fertile environment for the violation of human rights with impunity. We have noted with...

(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 Pareyio, Tony...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) As One Billion Rising, a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and as we call urgently upon governments of the world for peace. This statement was written by Croatian Feminists including One Billion Rising coordinator Rada Boric and adopted by One Billion Rising globally. With consternation and disbelief, we are witnessing the escalation of the war and violence in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion and the suspension of negotiations...