February 14, 2013 will be V-Day’s Largest Day of Action Ever
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the US and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community.
‘When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,’ says Ensler. ‘Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.’
The Lismore Theatre Company presents this wonderful play with a group of local actors. The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. All profits from the show will go to Heartfelt House (a support group for women sexually abused as children) and the local women’s refuge.
The Vagina Monologues V-Day productions will be held:
One night only at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, 14.2.13, starting at 7pm.
Tickets can be collected from Star Court Theatre, Lismore, phone 6622 5005.
One night only at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall, 15.2.13, starting at 7pm.
Tickets can be collected from Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, phone 6684 1286.
One night only at the Richmond Room, Regatta Avenue, Ballina, 16.2.13, starting at 7pm.
Tickets can be collected from Ballina/Byron Family Centre, phone 6686 4109.
To find out more about V-Day, visit the website: www.vday.org.