"Vagina Monologues" to Raise Funds to Help End Violence Against Women

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Valentine’s Day 1998, Eve Ensler, the author of “The Vagina Monologues” got together with a few of her friends and did a benefit performance of the show for local charities in New York City. After the benefit’s outrageous success, Ensler decided to create V-Day. 

V-Day is a global activist 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 sex 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” or “Any One Of Us: Words From Prison”; they also present screenings of V-Day's documentary “Until The Violence Stops” and the PBS documentary “What I Want My Words To Do To You”; and they host Spotlight Teach-Ins and V-Men workshops to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.

This year “The Vagina Monologues” are being performed on campus by the following women: Kathy Cox, Phyl Charnes, Jesalyn Fluharty, Ashley Elliott, JoDanna Simpson, Shauri Harvey, Lillian Gaylord, Devon Kark, Kaici Lore, Pamela Chatman, Eliza Huff, M. Lanette Six and Michelle Duckworth.  

The show will be at 7 p.m. April 15, 16 and 17 in Wallman Hall Room 314. Tickets are $7 at the door.  

All proceeds will go to benefit HOPE Inc. and the Marion County YWCA.

In 2010, over 5,400 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.