Happy V-Season! V-Day Announces its 2011 Season of Events and Campaigns
Today begins V-Day's 2011 season of events and campaigns! From February 1 - April 30, from Armenia to Peru, over 1,450 colleges and communities will host V-Day benefit events raising funds and awareness locally and spotlighting the women and girls of Haiti. Events center around Eve Ensler's ground breaking play The Vagina Monologues, but include readings of V-Day's anthology A Memory, Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer and Any One of Us: Words from Prison, documentary film screenings of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops and What I Want My Words To Do To You, Haiti and Congo teach-ins and house parties, and V-Men Workshops. Each event will highlight Haiti, shining a global spotlight on the atrocities women and girls in post-earthquake Haiti face, and V-Day's work with women on the ground to end the violence.
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V-Day 2011 Spotlight on Haiti
Each year V-Day increases awareness by focusing on a specific group of women in the world who are resisting violence with courage and vision. In 2011, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign will be on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter and legal services.
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City of Joy to Hold Opening Celebration Friday - Saturday, Feb 4 & 5
V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, UN Messenger of Peace and V-Day supporter Charlize Theron, US Ambassador on Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, UN Special Envoy Margot Wallstrom, V-Day Board Member Rosario Dawson, V-Day Supporters Dylan McDermott and Thandie Newton, Congolese Ambassador to the US Faida Mitifu, UNICEF DRC Representative a.i. Philippe Heffinck, AIDS Free World Co-Founder Stephen Lewis, V-Day Congo Director/Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, Panzi Hospital's Dr. Denis Mukwege to attend opening in Bukavu, DRC.
Fondation Panzi (DRC), women of the Congo, and V-Day, with support from UNICEF, will come together this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the opening of the City of Joy, a revolutionary new community where Congolese women survivors of gender violence will have the opportunity to heal and develop their leadership through innovative programming. Through its unique model, conceived, created, and developed by the women on the ground, the City of Joy will provide up to 180 women a year with an opportunity to benefit from group therapy; storytelling; dance; theater; self-defense; comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning); ecology and horticulture; technology and media; and economic empowerment. During the opening day, an organized summit of Congolese women will present their needs and demands to the world and the evolving global V-Day movement.
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Sign MoveOn.org's Petition Against Redifining Rape
Right now, federal dollars can't be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is in danger. But the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," a bill introduced by Republican Chris Smith and supported by 173 co-sponsors, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases. With this legislation, the rape exemption would be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape or coerced rape. This could mean cases where women are drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes would no longer count as rape.
The redefinition of rape in any context is extremely troubling and could have far reaching effects on the movement to end violence against women and girls for years to come. It is paramount that we stand together to resist this bill. We ask you to join us in signing MoveOn.org's petition stating, "Bruises and broken bones do not define rape--a lack of consent does. Stand up and oppose the dangerous GOP legislation to redefine rape."
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