NEW: Photos from V-Day's Recent Visit to Haiti Now Online
In late March, V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler, Executive Director Susan Celia Swan, Managing Director - Campaigns & Development Cecile Lipworth, and Programs & Development Director Purva Panday Cullman traveled to Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, Haiti, to visit the V-Day safe house and legal justice centers, and meet with V-Day activist Elvire Eugene to see first hand the work of AFASDA and other women's groups on the ground.
The V-Day safe house and legal justices centers, which are supported by the work of thousands of V-Day activists all over the world through the 2011 V-Day Spotlight Campaign on the Women and Girls of Haiti, are sheltering women and their children who have survived sexual violence, and providing them with support services and legal assistance, working towards ending the cycle of impunity with which the rapes are occurring.
The V-Day team, who were joined on the trip by Mike Szalkowski, Executive Director of the Carlo and Micol Schejola Foundation, and Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA, met with many of the local women activists, beneficiaries, and survivors who are creating and maintaining the campaign on the ground. Photojournalist Ana Bianca Marin was on hand to capture the trip and we invite you all to explore the new online photo gallery.
Stay tuned for more updates from the team in the upcoming weeks!
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READ: True or False? Europe Has No Real Interest In Protecting And Empowering Women, by Eve Ensler
On April 7th, Eve Ensler wrote the following piece for The European Women’s Lobby. The article appeared on the EWL website and in their newsletter and brings attention to the issue of women’s rights in the EU:
As political change spreads across the Middle East and we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day last month, I have spent a great deal of time meditating and appreciating the heroic and crucial role of grassroots women throughout the world. I’ve thought about how they have worked tirelessly and often under attack to stand up against violence and injustice, to provide services when the government fails to do so, and to demand accountability and an end to impunity.
In Europe, as in other parts of the world, it is thanks to grassroots women that violence against women has become an issue that is recognized by governments and policy makers. With very few resources, they run shelters, provide emergency medical support to survivors fleeing their abusers, advocate for essential policies, provide legal counsel, train women and girls in self-defense, raise awareness about taboo subjects, and help women and children pick up the pieces when their lives have been shattered, both economically and emotionally. It is because of their bravery and insistence that a husband no longer has a right to rape his wife and sexual harassment is no longer legitimized office sport.
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V-Day Urges Women College Students to Act Now on Campus Sexual Violence Policies
On the heels of the Obama administration's announcement of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about sexual violence committed against women on college campuses, V-Day is urging women on college campuses across the country to get involved in the Campus Accountability Project (CAP).
The Campus Accountability Project, founded in 2010, is a project of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER). CAP calls on college students to research their schools' sexual assault policies, find out what their schools are doing to prevent and respond to sexual assault, and submit their findings to the National V-Day/SAFER Campus Accountability Project Database, which can be viewed publicly here: http://safercampus.org/
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