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From 16 January through 28 February, ABC Carpet and Home’s flagship store at 888 Broadway (19th Street), NYC will celebrate 20 years of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming) that grew out of Tony award- winning playwright Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues.  The store will devote its corner window display to V-Day featuring iconic V-Day images, posters and artwork from around the globe curated by V-Day’s team in collaboration with photojournalist Paula Allen and designer Alexandra Tuller. The windows provide a vivid snapshot of the creativity and vision of V-Day activists and a representation of art and activism at a global scale.

Since 1998, The Vagina Monologues and other works have been performed across the world by local V-Day activists, raising over $100 million dollars for grassroots anti-violence groups and safe houses in places like Kenya and Afghanistan.  V-Day launched and supports the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has graduated over 1000 women leaders.

V-Day and ABC Carpet and Home have a long history of collaboration through the store’s Deepak Homebase, which has hosted numerous V-Day discussions, through the ABC Home and Planet Foundation, of which V-Day is a beneficiary, and through stand alone events, such as Superlove, which celebrated V-Day’s 10th anniversary and served women from the Gulf South in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

About V-Day and V20:
Twenty years ago, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming).

Since 1998, The Vagina Monologues and other works have been performed across the world by local V-Day activists, raising over $100 million dollars for grassroots anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and safe houses in places like Kenya and Afghanistan.  V-Day supports and launched the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has graduated over 1000 women leaders.

Activists look at the intersection of class, race, gender, environmental destruction, imperialism, militarism, patriarchy, poverty, and war, as women face abuse and exploitation across layers of systematic and societal oppression, with the most marginalized and excluded often facing increased levels of violence.

In 2013, V-Day gave birth to One Billion Rising – the largest mass action to demand an end to violence against women in history.  V-Day and One Billion Rising are a crucial part of the global fight to stop gender-based violence through attacking the silence — public and private — that allows violence against women to continue.

With ingenuity and determination, V-Day activists around the world are tirelessly working to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

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