Mason Joins Fight to Stop Violence against Women and Girls

Posted: September 26, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

The Offices of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education; Sexual Assault Services; and the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center are taking a stand to stop violence against women and girls. They are bringing to Mason the first staged reading of ‘A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer: Writing to Stop Violence against Women and Girls’ on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema.

The reading will comprise an innovative collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights. The collection is edited by Eve Ensler, playwright of “The Vagina Monologues,” and editor Mollie Doyle.

“This will bring to life diverse voices that rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down. These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us,” say the editors.

This event is free of charge. However, donations will be accepted and will go to V-Day, which raises funds and awareness in support of the global movement to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of Ensler’s award winning play.

Launched in 1998, V-Day (the “V” stands for stands for victory, valentine and vagina) has become a successful movement, raising more than $45 million to educate millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it.

In addition to raising money, V-Day has crafted international, educational, media and public service campaigns; reopened safety shelters; launched a program to build networks ending violence against women and girls in Africa and the Middle East; and funded more than 5,000 community-based, antiviolence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. In 2007, more than 3,000 V-Day events took place in the United States and around the world.  

For more information about “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer: Writing to Stop Violence against Women and Girls,” e-mail Susan Stahley in the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education, or call 703-993-3687.

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