The Vagina Monologues Is At UTC Feb. 21-23

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The UTC Women’s Center and Women’s Action Council will host V-Day UTC 2013, a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, raising funds for The Partnership.  The event is set for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at the University Center Auditorium. 

Admission for students with ID is $5 and general admission is $10. 

For more information contact Sara Peters at 425-5605.

V-Day (www.vday.org) is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 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.  

To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on Great Nonprofits.  

A V-Day Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls.  By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world.   

According to the latest United Nations statistics, one of every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated.

The campaign is inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence on Feb. 14. Activists in 182 countries have committed to take action.

Governments and politicians who have signed on to support One Billion Rising, as of Jan. 10 include:  Los Angeles City Council including Mayor Villaraigosa, Santa Monica City Council, West Hollywood City Council, City and Mayor of Santa Fe, Mayor of Hartford, First Lady of Nepal, City and Mayor of Manila (the City of Manila is shutting down 15 blocks for OBR events in the Philippines), Mayor of Lima (the Peruvian Mayor is meeting with the Mayors of Santiago, Chile and Montevideo, Uruguay next week to bring them on board), His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Vice President of the European Parliament Isabelle Durant (Belgium), Members of Parliament Stella Creasy (UK), Gabi Zimmer, Mikael Gustafsson (UK), Ulrike Lunacek (Austria), Michael Cashman (UK), Ana Gomes (Portugal), Sirpa Pietikainen (Finland), verbal support given and documented endorsement forthcoming from City of Atlanta.

Over 13,000 organizations around the globe have signed on, including A Call To Men, AFL-CIO, Amnesty International USA, Asmita Resource Center for Women, BCBG, Centro de Informacion y Desarrollo de la Mujer (CIDEM), European Women’s Lobby, Human Rights Campaign, Isis Internacional, MTV, NOW, Vaginas Campansinas, White Ribbon Campaign, and Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network. 

Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Thandie Newton, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington along with Yoko Ono, Jessica Alba, Connie Britton, Kate Clinton, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan McDermott, Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, Rosie Huntington – Whitely, Zoe Kravitz, have joined the movement.


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