It's V-DAY! What's V-Day? V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina!!!

jomarieb.earth
Posted February 13, 2021 from United States

Hello sisters! Today is V-Day!

The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina!

V-Day, February 14, is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, started by author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler.

V-Day began on February 14, 1998, when the very first V-Day benefit performance of Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues took place in NYC, raising over $250k for local anti-violence groups.

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 to tackle issues and fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.

V-Day's work is grounded in four core beliefs...

  1. Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act.
  2. Lasting social and cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
  3. Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders.
  4. One must look at the intersection of race, class, and gender to understand violence against women.

Through V-Day, activists stage royalty free, benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues "to fund local programs, support safe houses, rape crisis centers, and domestic violence shelters.

Also to change laws to protect women and girls, and educate local communities to raise awareness and change social attitudes toward violence against women.

The organizations participating seek to strengthen existing anti-violence efforts by raising money and consciousness, and to lay the groundwork for new educational and protective legislative endeavours for women throughout the world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-Day_(movement)

2021 MOVEMENT IS : "RAISE THE VIBRATION" : 1 BILLION RISING!

"We call on everyone around the world to RISE in honor and celebration of our women workers, and to create and grow RISING GARDENS!"

Why RISING GARDENS?  

To make a garden grow is to love. To keep a community alive is to love. Create and grow gardens. Dance in them. Raise the Vibration with your hands and bodies. RISE FOR WOMEN AND MOTHER EARTH!

Tending to a garden, like nurturing our own communities, requires patience, creativity, love, care, attentiveness, presence, diligence, mindfulness and commitment.

Gardening centralizes growing and giving, it is not about taking or acquiring.

To care for a garden – to nurture it to bloom and grow – deepens our relationship to Mother Earth.

Gardens place us firmly and deeply in the art of honoring life, becoming artistic beds of Creative Resistance.

Gardens are sacred spaces that engage and awaken our senses, make us believe in wonder, beauty and connection to all living beings.

Like theatre, they are a place of play and of transformation – where we can celebrate and contribute to life.

https://www.onebillionrising.org/about/campaign/

V-Day is our day!

Hugs...JoMarie

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Tamarack Verrall
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Jomarie,
How special to see the OneMillionRising movement honouring women farmers. So many women farm, but the news covers the men as if it is "their kind of job". Women have farmed since the beginning of time. "Gardens are sacred spaces that engage and awaken our senses, make us believe in wonder, beauty and connection to all living beings". I have farmed and loved that close, deep, continuous and yes, sacred connection with Nature. Thank you for this.

jomarieb.earth
Feb 14
Feb 14

Deareast Tam,
I am so glad that you hold this post close to your heart. Agriculture and women are inseparable, throughout time. You are blessed to have been a farmer. It is a sacred connection. An anointed space, time and duty.
Hugs to you my dear sister...JoMarie

Nini Mappo
Feb 14
Feb 14

Hello Si JoMarie,
I honestly, totally thought that you made the title up! What a surprise to find that it is actually a vibrant movement, inviting more vibration, gaining momentum, and creating a wave of awareness and healing in its wake. Your garden analogy is a powerful picture of women's solidarity and even the WP mission of this sisterhood that I got shivers reading! Thank you for this Informative, and beautifully delivered piece, as per usual.
Enjoy your V-Day, I just wrapped up mine :)

Sending special V-Day hugs to La la Land!

jomarieb.earth
Feb 14
Feb 14

Hey Sis Nini!
Feeling the hugs from Down Under. The movement started in 1998, and the wonderful thing is they gain traction thru the performing arts, which actually becomes dollars to apply to programs, shelters, etc. This year, 2021 became a movement using poetry and spoken word performances lead by Aja Monet. I will be doing a post about her in the near future. So if you don't have time to do a garden, do a house plant in solidarity. So glad you could visit.
Hugs...JoMarie

Adriana Greenblatt
Feb 14
Feb 14

Jo-Marie, love love and more love to you for this. Trying to find ways to take back this day and you have offered this powerful way, as you always do, tangible paths to change are offered, yes and yes! This: "Tending to a garden, like nurturing our own communities, requires patience, creativity, love, care, attentiveness, presence, diligence, mindfulness and commitment." The act of writing today, and having made a regular habit of coming onto WP to encourage is a commemoration today of this day. A celebration of love the way WE define it. I am reminded of bell hooks today (and everyday): "love is an action, never just a feeling." Jo-Marie, I see you embodying love in action in this, and all your posts. Thank you.

Love this from the campaign site: "On or around 14 February, leave your work, leave your school, interrupt the day, rise for revolution, dance, drum, and demand an end to the violence!" Today I shake my tush (in honour of Regina's sleek dance moves on here) and send you the biggest snowy hug from Montreal I can muster,
Adriana

jomarieb.earth
Feb 14
Feb 14

Hi Adriana,
I feel the nearness and dearness that you have for this movement. Your comments are so poetic. Shake that tush girl and celebrate. It's good for all of us to do that, as we continue to RISE! I'm feeling that big snowy hug from the north. Thank you sister!
Hugs...JoMarie

maeann
Feb 15
Feb 15

Hi Jomarie,

I never thought that V can stand as Vagina :) This really got my eyes.

We must continue to discover how to develop and improve each other, like the garden. You need to seek the methods to practise perfection in caring it. Same with love, it is not just suddenly deciding to look at people and love them. It is a positive attitude which must be applied day to day. Have a V great day :)

jomarieb.earth
Feb 15
Feb 15

Hi Maeann,
Practice makes perfection they say. But we need a more realistic goal. On the same page is a great place to be. Love has too many variables for rules, that's why all is fair with love. Even the unfair. V-Day caught my attention too, in every way. That's why I shared it. Not for the shock. But for the awe, reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. Many women cannot even say the word vagina.
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs...JoMarie

Thank you for reminding us of the one billion rising, JoMarie! I love the call for rising gardens. It's radiant fields for me.

This resonates with me, "To make a garden grow is to love. To keep a community alive is to love. Create and grow gardens. Dance in them. Raise the Vibration with your hands and bodies. RISE FOR WOMEN AND MOTHER EARTH!

Tending to a garden, like nurturing our own communities, requires patience, creativity, love, care, attentiveness, presence, diligence, mindfulness and commitment."

I love it! Thank you for the inspiration and motivation! Keep rising, dear, and we rise with you!

jomarieb.earth
Feb 16
Feb 16

Hi Karen,
So happy that you are inspirited! Rising together is mandatory, and I must say...it's really fun.
Hugs...JoMarie

Stacie Dickson
Feb 22
Feb 22

What an awesome way to spend Valentines Day. What a champion you are !

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