2023 marks 25 years of our global activist movement to end violence against women (cisgender and transgender), gender expansive people, girls and the Earth. YOUR work and voice have played a central role in the V-Day story and for that you have our gratitude, always.
For 25 years, V-Day activists have unleashed vast grassroots, anti-violence work on college campuses and in communities – visionary work that has been survivor-led and focused, all the while revealing the power of art and activism to change culture and systems.
“What happens when you start trusting women? We have the receipts” by V, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Dana Aliya Levinson, Célia Xakriabá, Rada Borić, Agnes Pareyio, Christine Schuler Deschryver, Lu Pin, Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Zoya and Monique Wilson is in The Guardian. In the article, these V-Day activists tell their story of “what happened in their communities after they took action,” of that seminal V-Day moment in their lives. READ it and be inspired to tell your V-Day story.
The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works curated by V-Day have been performed across the world by local activists, survivors and artists, raising over $120 million dollars for grassroots anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and safe houses, shattering taboos and changing the way activists make change in their communities. Through One Billion Rising, you shook the earth through the massive RISINGS in which over ONE BILLION people danced to end the epidemic of violence, we have shifted consciousness and broken the deadly silence. You inspired growth and healing, turning Pain to Power at City of Joy where over 1900 women have graduated and become leaders and change-makers in their communities. You’ve helped bring light to the call for restorative justice, dissecting and rebuilding a corrupt system that so violently affects some more than most with The Beyond Incarceration Project. And most recently, you’ve made space for VOICES – an interdisciplinary audio play grounded in Black women’s stories of the African continent and diaspora – in order to pull-up, amplify, and embrace the voices of Black women & non-binary folk, to highlight our unity globally. And every day, you stage art in your community for social change, you RISE, you are in the streets rising against racist patriarchy.
You have made ending sexual violence a front-page issue, never to be silenced again.
Is there a quote that sums up your experience? A picture from your V-Day or OBR event, rehearsal, speech, open mic night? A poster from a show? Share something with us that represents your V-Day activism and involvement in the movement.
We would love to know one moment in your years in this movement that stands out for you. A moment you saw yourself become a leader, a moment you were changed, a moment that turned your life in another direction. We know movements are made of relationships, friendship, solidarity and radical transformational moments.
What was a seminal moment in the V-Day movement for you (this might include a V-Day benefit of The Vagina Monologues, One Billion Rising, City of Joy, V to the Tenth in New Orleans, Beyond Incarceration Project, VOICES, etc.)?
FILM IT: Create a short video (we suggest between 2-5 minutes in length) telling your story to the camera, or in voice over, or an animated piece. Get creative. When filming, you are the most important part of the frame. Please shoot against a neutral background, with little to no background noise, avoid capturing anyone other than yourself in the frame.
IMPORTANT: Please do not wear any clothing that is branded or with a visible logo, as it will make the video ineligible for use.
About V-Day: For 25 years, V-Day has unleashed vast grassroots, anti-violence work on college campuses and in communities – visionary work that has been survivor-led and focused, all the while revealing the power of art and activism to change culture and systems.
Spanning over 200 countries, V-Day has organically spread through word of mouth, the ingenuity of activists and a collective desire to build communities that upend intractable injustices. V-Day has helped to build a network of grassroots activists engaged in hands-on social justice projects and communities of women who are rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of violence.
Beginning with and inspired by V (formerly Eve Ensler)’s play The Vagina Monologues, new artistic works, films and campaigns have emerged from this movement. These have included: Afghanistan Is Everywhere; the V-Day Safe House for the Girls in Kenya; The Indian Country Project; The Missing and Murdered Women in Juárez campaign; Any One of Us: Words From Prison; Swimming Upstream in New Orleans post-Katrina; the City of Joy and V-World Farm in Congo; the documentary films Until The Violence Stops and City of Joy; the City of Knowledge in Kabul; Artistic Uprising events in NYC and on the US/Mexico border; One Billion Rising, the Beyond Incarceration and Dismantle Patriarchy Projects. And now for the 25th year, the new VOICES audio play and campaign will launch.