With gratitude to V-Day and One Billion Rising activists around the world who RISE for V20. With thanks to the activists, filmmakers & photographers, our V-Day, One Billion Rising & City of Joy teams, and to filmmaker Kirthi Nath for making this video a reality! Deepest gratitude and V-love. Download available here.
OUR MOVEMENT WAS MADE FOR THIS MOMENT.
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.
In 2018, organizing a ONE BILLION RISING event or staging a V-Day benefit production of The Vagina Monologues or A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer is more than a theatrical experience; it is an ARTISTIC UPRISING, a RADICAL act, an ACT OF RESISTANCE.
Say It, Stage It – Produce a V-Day Benefit on your college campus, in your community
Rise In Solidarity – RISE in your community, for your community
Turn Pain to Power – Learn about City of Joy, Support the Women at City of Joy
Transform radical spaces. Amplify and lift up the most marginalized groups and activists in your communities. Spotlight resistance, invite local activists to share their testimonies of resistance and amplify new voices. RISE, RESIST, UNITE.