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V-Day and One Billion Rising are proud to partner with #DayWithoutUs, a national day of action led by Black women and an invitation for all of us to abandon borders, boundaries, and binaries to build solidarity across the country. By Black women and for ALL, #DayWithoutUs is about resisting the everyday systems that TAKE and coming together for a day-long pause of protest, learning, and community building. Programming and edutainment will happen online and at #DayWithoutUs pop-ups in select cities across the country. Join V-Day and One Billion Rising as we partner with #DayWithoutUs on Friday, 30 September, for a national teach-in...

V-Day and One Billion Rising stand in solidarity with Iranians who are taking to the streets in large-scale protests across the Islamic Republic of Iran in response to the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested in the capital city of Tehran by the “morality police” for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly, breaking the country’s restrictive rules around hijab and dress codes. Mahsa was detained after being arrested and suffered “multiple blows to the head” according to news outlet Iran International. While the police are denying beating Mahsa, eye witnesses are corroborating the tragic events. Protests continue to...

All of us at V-Day, One Billion Rising & City of Joy are devastated for the communities destroyed by record monsoon flooding in Pakistan, where more than a third of its land is underwater and over 1100 people have already died. Millions are without food and shelter – according to CNN, approximately 33 million people have been impacted. With much of Pakistan’s farmland flooded, inflated food costs and further instability is expected. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 800 health facilities have been damaged in the country, of which 180 are completely damaged, leaving millions of people...

US Supreme Court has overturned Roe V. Wade, taking away the right to abortion and opening the floodgates for states across the country to ban abortion. The ruling most immediately affects the 13 states with trigger laws – Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. We are an anti-violence movement. Forced pregnancy is a form of violence. Lack of access to reproductive healthcare is a form of violence. The ruling will most impact poor people and communities of color. For those in need of care, VISIT abortionfinder.org SUPPORT abortion funds, DONATE today...

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,...

On Earth Day and every day, we RISE for the Bodies of All Women, Girls & the Earth. This year we spotlight indigenous women of ANMIGA - The National Articulation of Indigenous Women Ancestrality Warriors - who come from all biomes across Brazil. These women have deep knowledge about their lands and have preserved their ancestral traditions. They are united in their struggle to guarantee the rights and lives of the indigenous people of the Amazon. Their call to action must urgently be heard: “When you choose the Earth, you choose Indigenous women. When you choose Indigenous women, you choose the...

– 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...