As the year draws closer to an end, we can’t help but think back on the improbable journey The Vagina Monologues and V-Day cast us on, almost twenty years ago. Our movement has grown rapidly, stretching to all corners of the earth, igniting activism in over 200 countries and raising well over $100 million to end violence against all women and girls. We couldn’t have dreamed it.
As we write to you, activists are busy planning and rehearsing, readying their artistic productions and Risings to bring the issue of violence against women and girls front and center in their communities. The collective impact of this work is profound.
We have seen how it activates people’s hearts and minds, leaving lasting reverberations – some that are felt seismically, and others that are felt like the flap of a butterfly’s wing. Both are powerful, both are necessary. They are the ingredients of cultural change.
Culture change that The Vagina Monologues called forward 20 years ago. Culture change needed now.
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RISE IN SOLIDARITY: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, One Billion Rising and V-Day activists across the planet are RISING IN SOLIDARITY for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Following are a few updates from actions that have already taken place. #RiseInSolidarity
In Swaziland, 10 November saw the launch of One Billion Rising Swaziland where activists will Rise on 14 February, 2018, an election year. Representation of women in government, a larger platform for their voices and protection of women in legislative bodies are a few key highlights of their campaign. In India, the Baba Sahab Ambedkar Marathwada University Tara Bai Shinde Women’s Studies Centre in Aurangabad invited One Billion Rising South Asia Regional Coordinator, Kamla Bhasin, for a day-long discussion. Kamla shared: “It was most energising to be at the Tara Bai Shinde Women’s Studies Centre, of the Baba Sahab Ambedkar Marathwada University in Aurangabad, for a day-long discussion on Men and Masculinity, in Hindi. Over 130 students, teachers, local citizens, almost half of them men, participated. I talked about all our campaigns, especially One Billion Rising and Property for Her. Made many new partners. I was delighted to receive a copy of a book in Marathi containing four of my books on Patriarchy, Gender, Masculinity and Feminism. That compendium is their main reading on these issues. Of course delighted.” In Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 25 November, City of Joy activists took a stand against slavery and rose for Freedom. In the Philippines, on 27 November, activists in Davao City rose in Solidarity against the exploitation of women and girls. One Billion Rising Director Monique Wilson joined them!
“CITY OF JOY” Documentary Film Continues Festival Run
As the year nears its end, CITY OF JOY is continuing its festival tour across the US and the world.
You can catch it next in London, at: