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...
- Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act.
- Lasting social and cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
- Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders.
- 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.
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.
V-Day is our day!