The end of the most extraordinary year is almost upon us! 2013 was the Biggest Year in V-Day! Take a look back with us and get inspired for 2014:
ONE BILLION RISING
Together we created the largest mass action to end violence against women and girls in history ONE BILLION RISING!
With your support, we moved the needle on the issue of violence against women and girls, bringing it front and center globally.
One Billion Rising succeeded in creating visibility and understanding of the interconnection between issues such as poverty, corruption, greed, environmental plunder, imperialism, religious marginalization, immigration, labor, and political repression, and violence against women.
The campaign has already spurred governments to invite local women to the table to discuss the issue of violence against women, garnered unparalleled international media attention and discourse, highlighted the push to pass the Violence Against Women Act in the U.S. Congress, and brought about a new level of awareness that the time to act is now.
The campaign reached across multiple sectors for maximum impact and engagement with activists in 207 countries organizing events and over 13,000 organizations around the globe having pledged their support.
#1BillionRising trended in seven countries, including several times in the United States, and in Peru, South Africa, India, and the United Kingdom.
College & Community Campaigns
During the V-season and often alongside their ONE BILLION RISING activities, College and community activists produced “The Vagina Monologues,” “Any One of Us: Words from Prison,” “A Memory, a Monologue, Rant and a Prayer,” V-Men workshops, and documentary films and teach –ins in 2280 locations, raising over $2.3 million for local anti violence groups, rape crisis centers, and domestic violence shelters in their communities. Stage a V-Day event in 2014!
Eve Ensler’s newest work, Emotional Creature, debut Off Broadway to rave reviews from critics and audience members. Emotional Creature was produced by V-Day Board members Carole Black and Pat Mitchell, directed by Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney with original music and musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, and featured cast members Ashley Bryant, Molly Carden; Emily S. Grosland, Sade Namei, Olivia Oguma, and Courtney Thomas.
Breaking The Male Code
V-Day and The Nation presented Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action, a panel discussion featuring Jimmie Briggs; Peter Buffett; Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter; David Zirin, and moderated by Eve Ensler. The evening was an open discussion with male leaders in the field and to examine how we can change rape culture while looking at the issues of patriarchy, sex education, and the role of the media in reporting sexual violence. Breaking The Male Code is available to watch online here http://youtu.be/JRmpNw7U-YE
City Of Joy
The fourth class of women graduated from City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC, returning to their communities with confidence, skills and knowledge to lead. Director Christine Schuler Deschryver wrote this update, sharing the latest news and excitement as the 5th class began. http://drc.vday.org/2013/10/28/city-joy-vision-congolese-women/ Also be sure to check out the new City of Joy website created and envisioned by the team on the ground in Congo – http://action.vday.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=6681.0
RISE4JUSTICE Evenings with Afghan leader/activist Malalai Joya and Congolese leader/ Doctor Denis Mukwege were held in NYC. Malalai and Dr. Mukwege ignited the dialogue around what does justice look like sharing the issues they face daily, inspiring change.
V-Funds for the Philippines
In a little over a week, V-Activists raised over $203,655 for the V-Fund for the Philippines. Your donations made a huge impact with a caravan of relief goods including food, sanitary napkins, underwear, diapers, baby formula helping 20,000 families.
State of Female Justice
V-Day presented The State of Female Justice at Columbia University Law School, a panel discussion that exploried why women experience economic, racial, and cultural violence, and asked “what does justice look like for women and girls?” The event featured host Laura Flanders, Cathy Albisa, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Eve Ensler, Monique Harden, Donna Hylton, Saru Jayaraman, and Sylvia McAdam, and sparked a series of State of Female Justice events in locations throughout the world in the months leading up to and including 14 February, 2014.
V-Day and Safer (Students Active for Ending Rape) released the Campus Accountability Report and launched #Campus Rising. College activists, media and more embraced the report as much needed information led by students. V-Day applauds all of the college activists and survivors and groups working to end the culture of rape on college campuses!
One Billion Rising for Justice Tour
Eve and One Billion Rising Director Monique Wilson embarked on a multi-city One Billion Rising for Justice tour with stops in France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ensler and Wilson ended the 2013 year in India with Global Coordinators Khamla Bhasin and Abha Bhaiya. India Rising kicked off at packed event for justice in Mumbai.
This is just a small snapshot of tens of thousands of images from this year!
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