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Dear V-Supporters and Friends,

As the year winds down, we reflect on the revolutionary, evolutionary work of V-Day, One Billion Rising and City of Joy.

Your support and that of activists around the globe means everything to us - your trust, generosity and vision make our movement possible.

V-Day is as alive and dynamic as ever as our work unfolded against a backdrop of violence, inequity, and patriarchy across the globe. 2016 was another poignant chapter in the evolution of our movement, bringing hope and a way forward to the most marginalized communities. One Billion Rising activists - across 200 countries - rose up to demand an end to violence against women and girls, calling for the societal underpinnings that allow violence to thrive unchecked to be dismantled, once and for all. In 2017, One Billion Rising activists will Rise In Solidarity, giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.

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COJ talkbackJust last week, City of Joy in Congo graduated its 10th class. A total of 849 graduates have gone through the program and by the end of 2017, we will have graduated 1000 women. A new feature length documentary about the City of Joy – entitled CITY OF JOY - premiered to rave reviews at the DOC NYC Film Festival in November, with upcoming screenings to be announced in the new year. V-World Farm is thriving, with abundant crops and deep community involvement.

Hundreds of college and communities are actively presenting performances of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer as part of V-Day's College and Community Campaigns. Our new Rising Fund helped groundbreaking, frontline women-lead grassroots groups to challenge long-held traditions, engender change and keep women and girls safe.

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Annual Report 2016Our most recent Annual Report, Rise For Revolution, is now available in an interactive, online format, showcasing much of this incredible work.

As the holiday season is upon us, please consider making a donation to support our work. Every donation you make ensures art and activism is at the core of our movement, which is needed now more than ever.

Donate online at vday.org/donate*.

Now is the time for each of us to go deeper and commit ourselves - in heart and action - to the work of ending violence in all its forms. The future of our planet and our children depends on it. We must live now on the edge of incomprehensible madness, refusing to give up and refusing to pretend. Dancing on the precipice of annihilation while passionately encouraging and welcoming the new paradigm. It means leaping and assuming you will fall, dancing in the chaotic impossible passionate possible.

Let 2017 be our radical, revolutionary uniting.
Let's RISE.

With deepest gratitude and ReVolutionary love,

Eve, Susan, Christine, Monique, Shael, Colleen, Carl & Kristina

Donate online at vday.org/donate*

* 31 December is the last day to make charitable donations in order to claim them on your 2016 tax return. V-Day is a top rated charity on Guidestar and Charity Navigator.

 

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