READ Eve's Op Ed in The Guardian for World AIDS Day
On this 22nd anniversary of the first World AIDS Day, V-Day stands with the millions of activists around the world working to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education on HIV/AIDS. According to UNAIDS, there are an estimated 33 million people living with HIV. V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler penned the following OpEd for The Guardian:
"Nothing Short Of A Sexual Revolution" by Eve Ensler
Vagina is the most terrifying word, the most threatening word, in any language of any country I have ever been to. Even when the vagina is worshipped in theory, as the yoni is in India, it is denigrated in practice. It is more reviled and feared than words like plutonium, genocide and starvation. In many countries the word for female genitalia is so derogative or disgusting, it cannot be spoken in public. In a few places, there is no word in the language for vagina at all.
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Mayo Clinic's Dr. Sean Dowdy Shares His Experiences At Panzi Hospital, DRC
For one week in November, five medical professionals from the esteemed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN volunteered their time and resources to travel to Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where they worked closely with Dr. Mukwege at the Panzi Hospital. Dr. Sean Dowdy, who practices gynecological oncology and obstetrics & gynecology at the Mayo Clinic, shared his experiences repairing fistulas and other severe repercussions of the extreme violence being committed against the women and girls of the DRC.
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V-Day & SAFER Campus Accountability Project Celebrates One Year, Launches Winter Break Challenge!
The V-Day & SAFER Campus Accountability Project (CAP) is proud to announce the success of the first year of student submissions to our online database of policies from around the country. In an effort to publish 400 policies by May 2011, V-Day and SAFER are launching the Winter Break Challenge to further build CAP's Policies Database, a national tool for student-led movements for sexual assault policy reform. Currently, the CAP database houses 130 policies in an online, public and searchable database which details what colleges and universities are doing to prevent, reduce and respond to sexual violence on campus.
The Winter Break Challenge, which begins TODAY, December 1st, and asks students to register at www.safercampus.org and submit their school using CAP's easy step-by-step policy review form. The database is utilized by student activists looking to make positive change on their campus, and also provides us with a wealth of information on the best and worst practices in sexual assault prevention and response at schools across the country. Only students can submit to CAP, but anyone can access the database by registering for free.
HELP kick-start real change on YOUR campus!
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