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V-Day, Together WI joins V-20: Rise, Resist, Unite
Tomorrow and Sunday evenings, at 7 pm and 6 pm, respectively, V-Day and Together WI will present a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues at the Big Black Box on Murray Street, Woodbrook.
Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of communities and college campuses have staged V-Day benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues—with other artistic works, campaigns & risings—in over 200 countries and territories. V-Day activists have raised social consciousness, educated communities, helped change laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centres and domestic violence shelters (often keeping them from closing their doors), and raised well over $100 million of urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.
As part of this essential work, V-Day, Together WI will donate 90 per cent of the proceeds from the event to Conflict Women, a local organisation founded in 2014 by Asiya Mohammed, which is dedicated to the financial empowerment of survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
Inspired by her human rights work around the globe, Mohammed has committed herself to social change through Conflict Women with initiatives like The Butterfly Project—a programme which provides free training in product design, business development, and conflict transformation—which offers a monthly income to the survivors in exchange for jewellery, each sold with their anonymous story.
For its 20th anniversary, V-Day is calling on activists around the world to Rise, Resist and Unite. Welcome to V-Season 2018.
WHAT ARE THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
The Vagina Monologues, first performed off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Eve Ensler, dives into the mystery, humour, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences. V-Day grew out of the play, which exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering the silence around violence committed against women and girls.
ABOUT TOGETHER WI
The Together WI Foundation is a local creative solutions agency committed to positive social impact through the development of campaigns and products using design thinking, marketing strategy and innovation.
Launched in February 2017, Together WI produced the Leave Me Alone/Leave She Alone campaign inspired by Calypso Rose’s seminal hit of the same name, to raise awareness about sexual harassment and gender based violence in the Caribbean. On International Women’s Day 2017 the campaign rippled throughout the region, with corporate and NGO support in T&T, Barbados and Jamaica, and continues to find ways to raise awareness about organisations currently working to prevent gender based violence and protect victims.
The Together WI Foundation is comprised of a team of creative professionals, research and strategy experts and international relations practitioners. The collective was born from the belief that we each play a role in the future of our country, our region and the world in which we live.
Over these past two decades V-Day has had an improbable journey, charting an unparalleled path. Communities and college campuses have staged benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues (and other works and campaigns created by V-Day) in over 200 countries and territories.
From the Congo, where V-Day supports the City of Joy, a leadership centre for survivors of violence where women can heal themselves, to One Billion Rising, the largest mass action to stop violence against women in history, to its work with a broad coalition of groups advocating for an end to workplace violence for women, including nurses, hotel workers, farm workers, restaurant workers and more, V-Day has its pulse on issues facing women across the globe.
V-Day, Together WI is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 20th anniversary V-Day Campaign.
To learn more about Together WI, email the organisation at [email protected]
To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org
To learn more about Conflict Women Ltd go to www.conflictwomen.com
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