V-Day: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer
V-DAY AT SMC
All proceeds for SMC's 2016 V-Day will be donated to Community Violence Solutions located in Contra Costa County and Marin County.
The SMC Women's Resource Center has a rich history of performing V-Day events. The WRC's first V-Day performance was in 2003; we has produced a V-Day event every year since. In February 2015, the WRC decided to change the program by performing A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer. This February, we will be performing a hybrid production of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer and original material by SMC students.
WHAT IS V-DAY?
According to their website, www.vday.org,
- V-Day is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls
- V-Day has received many awards for its services and in seventeen years, it has raised over $100 million. There are now over 5,800 V-Day events annually.
- V-Day is intended to generate attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery
- The V in V-Day stands for Victory, Vagina, and Valentine
- In V-Day campaigns, volunteers and college students produce benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues or A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, documentary film screenings, Spotlight Teach-Ins, and workshops to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence
- The V-Day organization is also working to build movements and anti-violence networks in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
To watch the official V-Day video, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED7RJwqripM
HISTORY OF V-DAY
· In 1994, Eve Ensler released a play called The Vagina Monologues which was based upon dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women. The play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma around rape and abuse. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York.
· On Valentine’s Day in 1998, Eve Ensler and a group of women in New York City established V-Day as a 501c3. The organization was origninally staffed by volunteers and funded by a sold-out benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues which raised $250,000 in a single evening.
V-Day was founded based upon 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.
· In order to keep fighting violence against women and girls, Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of her play in February. The proceeds are then used for local individual projects and programs (often shelters and rape crisis centers).