V20: Share Your V-Day and/or One Billion Rising Story
Share Your Story of the Grassroots Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls
It’s been 20 years since V-Day was founded, since The Vagina Monologuesshattered taboos, sharing the stories of women as they had never been told before. 2018 is our 20th year.
Since that moment, so many of you have taken to the stage, activated in your communities and on college campuses, and staged massive events in celebration and defiance, in colleges, towns, theaters, churches, state houses, across the world inviting everyone into the dialogue with a common purpose – to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender and gender non-conforming).
Your story is the story of the movement.
In the face of resistance, and at the intersection of art and activism, you have saved lives, raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and kept domestic violence shelters from closing, educated your communities, and raised over an astounding $100 million in urgently needed funds for local grassroots groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.
Through One Billion Rising, you shook the earth through the massive RISINGS in which over ONE BILLION people danced to end the epidemic of violence, we have shifted consciousness and broken the deadly silence. And every day, you stage art in your community for social change, you RISE, you are in the streets rising against racist patriarchy and all other forms of physical, sexual and economic violence.
You have made ending sexual violence a front-page issue, never to be silenced again.
These macro moments, are the culmination of micro movements – a woman who leaves an abusive partner, a rape survivor taking the stage and telling her story after years of silence, a man whose eyes are opened to rape culture and who pledges to living a life dismantling it, a young girl watching her mother reclaim cunt and a young boy dancing in the streets.
What’s your story?
We invite you to help us tell the story of the movement.
Is there a quote that sums up your experience? A picture from your V-Day or OBR event, rehearsal, speech, open mic night? A poster from a show? Share something with us that represents your V-Day activism and involvement in the movement.
Some prompts to think about:
– What does V-Day mean to you?
– One shining memory, be specific.
– How has it changed your world?
– What do you see for our future?
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DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT
IN NYC ON 13 FEBRUARY, we will have a pop up video shoot. Please email film (at) vday.org or visit vdayvideo.eventbrite.com if you are interested in coming to shoot your V-story.
FILM IT YOURSELF, SEND IT IN
Create a short video (we suggest between 2-5 minutes in length) telling your story to the camera, or in voice over, or an animated piece. Get creative.
Learn more at vday.org/shareyourstory