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One Billion Rising calls upon the Nigerian government to end SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which has a brutal history of unlawful arrests, kidnapping, harassment, extortion and killings.  As the government sought to end two weeks of marches against police brutality that have mushroomed into broader nationwide demonstrations, thousands of Nigerians – spurred on by young people - have taken to the streets to protest SARS.  While the government announced Sunday that the unit was being disbanded, soldiers opened fire into protesting crowds in Lagos late Tuesday night.  News media are reporting that one person was killed and 30 people...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 9, 2020 CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna(at)unbendablemedia.com  V-Day Launches VOICES, A New Flagship Interdisciplinary Art Campaign For Black Women Led By Aja Monet; The Vagina Monologues Takes A Bow From V-Day Movement VOICES Instagram Live series, The Listening Tour, launches Today, October 9 at 7PM ET Call for Global Poetry, Prose And Visual Art Submissions, Will Feature Black Women Artists and Writers From Around The World in 2021 Show: VOICES Today, October 9th, poet and activist Aja Monet and playwright, activist and V-Day Founder V (formerly Eve Ensler) will launch VOICES, a new interdisciplinary performance arts project and campaign grounded...

by Tonja Renée Stidhum (The Root) The year 2020 has served as an opportunity for many people to pivot in their careers—and the same can be said for programming in the arts. The Root has exclusively learned that V-Day (a global activist movement organization with a mission to end violence against women) is replacing the highly popular episodic play The Vagina Monologues with VOICES, “a new interdisciplinary performance arts project and campaign grounded in Black women’s stories.” From the press release sent to The Root: VOICES seeks to unify the vision of ending violence against women (cis women and trans women) and nonbinary and gender fluid people across the African Continent...

Each of us become a poem, stanzas spilling unafraid. And yet, too many have faded in the silence, disappeared. We be gone, missing, lost and stolen. Each day we find ourselves in each other. Phrases and sounds scribbled on our breath. We are the poems we have been waiting for.As we all struggle to balance the hurt and the healing of this shifting time, we need swinging machete sharp words, freshwater metaphors. We need images animated by our visions. I have seen miracles: the fierce fire of our fury, the magnificent making of our care. Our lives are larger than...

1 OCTOBER 2020 DEAR ACTIVISTS, A LETTER FROM V Tags: V-Day ■ Share Dearest Activists, I hope you have been holding up during these difficult but radicalizing times. This pandemic has revealed the inequalities and injustices that have plagued the world for hundreds of years. We see how nurses, domestic workers, farmers, mothers, restaurant workers, janitors, transportation workers, etc. – mainly women of color, who are literally saving our lives every day, have been the least protected, honored, valued and respected. We have seen in America and across the world the most hideous murders of Black men and women by the police, especially...

Take a peak at the One Billion Rising launches happening across the world.  The OBR 2021 theme is RISING GARDENS.The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly blown open the destructive veins of neo-liberalism, capitalism, racism, fascism and patriarchy, revealing violent and broken systems that have been forced upon us for far too long. With each day, we see that the majority of people who are dying are those who have been historically exploited, oppressed, marginalized and discriminated against because of race, gender, class, caste. Across the planet, the majority of front line workers, health care workers, home care workers, domestic workers, and farmworkers...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday at sundown at the age of 87 on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. It’s said people who die on Rosh Hashanah are of greatest righteousness. She gave us her life over and over. She was a hero and a strategist and a brilliant legal mind and first and foremost, she opened this world for women. We mourn her, we celebrate her.We RISE in her name for gender equality, immigrant rights, access to abortion, voting rights, LGBTQIA equality, healthcare, workers’ rights – the rights that she dedicated her life to. We refuse the deadly, hypocritical engine...

"THAT KINDNESS" -A NEW THEATRICAL OFFERING IN SUPPORT OF CALIFORNIA NURSES ASSOCIATION & NURSES EVERYWHERE Over the past two months, V (formerly Eve Ensler) has been listening to the stories and experiences of frontline nurses. With the help of Alixa Garcia, Morley, James Lecesne, and National Nurses United, V presents THAT KINDNESS, From and For the Nurses of America, a new theatrical offering in support of California Nurses Association and nurses everywhere. The performance will feature your favorite actors depicting nurses’ struggles and triumphs during the pandemic. This evening will honor, celebrate and lift up the voice of the registered nurse. Featuring: Ed Blunt, Connie Britton, Rosario...

These are challenging times for essential service workers, workers of color, and womxn-identifying workers and mothers especially. We write today to ask for your support for these frontline workers. Tipped service workers, including servers, bartenders, delivery workers, and more, are starting a series of monthly strikes this coming Monday, August 31, demanding a full minimum wage with tips on top, at a time when tips are down 50-75%. These workers’ subminimum wages have caused a horrific experience for them during this pandemic, as has also been the case for so many other essential workers in other sectors. At Monday’s rally, we...

Welcome to City of Joy! The new class of young women is now arriving in Bukavu at the City of Joy. The City of Joy is a revolutionary leadership center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a place where women turn their pain into power, a place that restores women’s sense of agency over their lives as they learn real, practical life skills to feed their futures, and connects them to the global V-Day movement, one billion strong. From the return of warmth and joy into women’s lives, to a reconnection to their...