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2023 will mark 25 years of our global activist movement to end violence against women (cisgender and transgender), gender expansive people, girls and the planet. VOICES will begin the V25 year with its launch in Accra. Please stay tuned for more V25 updates. "As V-Day continues to organize across the globe for an end to violence against women, girls and the planet, we shift the focus from our vaginas to the visions of our voices. As we live and love, we must continue to revisit ourselves and examine our convictions about gender and therein race and class. We are more than...

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 in this...

Amidst increasing need, the Simeen mobile health team continues its work. Last month, the team visited the Logar province and the Parwan province in northern Afghanistan. They spent time in communities living in politically volatile conditions, subject to sporadic invasions and fighting caused by the Taliban. Most community members have little to no access to clean water, health care, stable housing, and education and most of the patients were pregnant or nursing mothers and children. Many children suffered from malnutrition and pneumonia. Female health team members gave knowledge and advice on hygiene, birth control, and COVID-19 care. The team was...

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. Iranian women have asked that we amplify the stories of women on the ground in Iran, that we show our solidarity and support, that we RISE for and with the women of Iran. One Billion Rising activists and coordinators are speaking out, sharing their solidarity across social media platforms and more. Watch their solidarity videos HERE. Now more than ever our solidarity is essential. RISE with the women...

Women of the World Have Our Eyes on Iran NOW MORE THAN EVER OUR SOLIDARITY IS ESSENTIAL. HELP THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND IN IRAN. 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. Iranian women have asked that we amplify the stories of women on the...

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...

Agnes Pareyio Elected Member of Kenyan Parliament, Makes History as First Woman MP from Narok Pareyio is the Founder of Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative/V-Day Safe House for The Girls in Kenya, Combatting FGM, Changing Culture and Educating Girls The results are in. Agnes Pareyio, the Founder of the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative/V-Day Safe House for the Girls in Narok, has been elected to Kenyan Parliament and has made history as the first woman elected to the Narok North Constituency MP seat. Congratulations Agnes! We celebrate your vision, your perseverance, your leadership. Agnes’ bold pursuit of an end to FGM (female genital mutilation) and her fearless and...

   This week, V visited the City of Joy and attended the graduation of the 21st class. "Everything feels so terrible and difficult right now in so many places in the world where right wing fascism, extreme misogyny, and hate seems to be spreading faster than any virus we know. It is deadly and devastating to our bodies, beings and souls. But outside the colonizing, toxic patriarchal borders a new energy, a new way is rising. I am in the midst of it. I am full from it, and it is rising in the middle of extreme poverty, violence, and war. I...