V-Day Fights Violence Against Women

Posted: January 25, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: January 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Female members of Mason’s student body are raising awareness to stop violence against women and children by presenting Mason’s tenth consecutive production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 and 8 p.m.

“The Vagina Monologues” is sponsored by Sexual Assault Services; the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education; and Women and Gender Studies.

“The Vagina Monologues” is part of the V-Day initiative (The ‘V’ stands for victory, Valentine and vagina), a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright and founder Eve Ensler. All the monologues performed were written by Ensler, a playwright, performer, feminist and activist who interviewed a large number of women about their feelings toward their lives, bodies and vaginas.

“The Vagina Monologues” creates a true and profound portrait of how violence against women and children affects everyone. The performance is filled with laughter and tears, as actors and audience together experience what it means for women to inhabit their bodies, to love their bodies, and to take a stand to stop violence.

This year’s Spotlight Campaign focuses on the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power to Women and Girls of DRC” is a new global campaign to call attention to the widespread atrocities committed against women and girls in Eastern DRC and demand an end to the impunity with which these crimes are committed.

The cast and crew of “The Vagina Monologues” are Mason students and other members of the Mason community. While the cast and crew members are all female, men are invited and encouraged to attend.

“The Vagina Monologues” will be presented in Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $10 for Mason faculty and staff and $5 for Mason students. When purchased in blocks of 10 or more, tickets are $15.

Funds raised will go to the George Mason University Victims of Violence Fund and Women for Women International.

For more information, visit the Sexual Assault Services web site, or call Connie Kirkland, director, at 703-993-4363.

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