V-Day Calls Attention to Global Violence against Women and Girls

Posted: January 29, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Mason is taking a stand to raise awareness and join the global effort to stop violence against women and girls by noting V-Day (“V” standing for “victory,” “valentine” and “vagina”) in February.

V-Day raises funds and awareness through two benefit productions, “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer,” both written by V-Day founder Eve Ensler.

“The Vagina Monologues” will be performed for the eighth consecutive year at Mason on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus. This year’s Spotlight Monologue, “Welcome to the Wetland,” focuses on the women who were victims of Hurricane Katrina and who locally symbolize the global struggle of women.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $10 for Mason faculty and staff and $5 for Mason students.

“A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer,” will be performed for the first time at Mason on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Harris Theater. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Mason faculty and staff and $5 for students.

Both productions will be performed by Mason students.

Special ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more, as well as a package rate for both productions. Tickets may be purchased online, through the Center for the Arts Box Office or by phone (703-993-2787).

All funds received from these productions will benefit the George Mason University Victims of Violence Fund; the Tahirih Justice Center, located in Falls Church, Va.; and the Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network.

To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $40 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it. In addition, V-Day has crafted international educational, media and public service announcement campaigns, reopened shelters and funded more than 5,000 community-based antiviolence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq.

V-Day has also launched the Karama program, which works in-depth to build networks ending violence against women and girls in Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

For more information, contact Connie Kirkland, director of Sexual Assault Services.

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