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Women Hold Up Half the Sky (City of New Orleans)

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City of New Orleans Web Site

Eve Ensler's V to the 10th will reclaim the New Orleans Superdome, transforming the site from one of pain into a healing ground for women the world over.
Eve Ensler, creator of the worldwide V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, is bringing the 10th anniversary here to New Orleans, in an event that will see the Superdome transformed into "a place to heal, gather, celebrate and actively change the story of women."

Many of New Orleans' women remain in the shadows where they hurt silently. Others are so busy recovering that they have yet to address their own needs.

V to the 10th will allow the city's women to begin to heal, Mayor C. Ray Nagin, said at a recent press conference. In the process, many of the grassroots New Orleans groups that were here during and since the storm, such as the Katrina Warriors and Women of the Storm, will be recognized.

The star-studded event will include Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson and our city's own Charmaine Neville. As part of the event, displaced women scattered throughout the Gulf Region will be brought back home for the event. The City of New Orleans will provide busing. "Women hold up half the sky," as the Chinese proverb goes. And, the women of New Orleans can lead the world's women in ending violence against them," Ensler said.

Events will take place over April 11 & 12th. For more information, go to