V-DAY: Vaginas Against Violence
The international V-DAY 2009 campaign is on in Jamaica. Between March 18 and April 3, V-DAY KINGSTON 2009 a team of talented and committed women and men will be donating their time and talent to the V-DAY Kingston offering spearheaded by organizer/director fabian thomas.
V-DAY KINGSTON 2009 will include four events: A soft Launch that will feature a PowerPoint teach-in/discussion on the situation of women in the Congo; a reading of Eve Ensler’s prison piece, based on the writings of incarcerated women called Any One of Us: Words from Prison; a staged reading/performance of items from A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer and a performance of The Vagina Monologues.
Any One of Us: Words from Prison, A Memory, A Monologue, A rant & a Prayer and The Vagina Monologues will all staged as fundraisers for three organizations that focus on the mitigation of violence against women and girls.
Last year over 4000 V-Day benefits took place around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. Since 1998, V-Day and these highly successful events have raised over $60 million for local beneficiaries working to end violence against women and girls. Hot on the heels of their success, Kingston has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2009 College Campaign.
This is the third year that thomas will be presenting V-DAY Kingston as part of the international V-DAY campaign.
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, and screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. 2009 V-Day events have the option to introduce a new V-Day theatrical event, Any One Of Us: Words From Prison, which reveals the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there.
This new event will bring forth raw voices of fierceness and honesty written by women from prisons across the nation and performed by local women. In 2008, over 4000 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.