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Putting Action Back in Activism

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 04.24.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

A pink ribbon. An inspirational YouTube video. A group of women dancing. What do these things have in common? While they are symbols of important movements, they are also symbols of a dangerous trend in activism: "slacktivism."

And the Dance Goes On

Cheryl Saban Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Cheryl Saban Ph.D.

Doesn't it seem the slightest bit strange to read those words -- violence against women -- in the context of Valentine's Day? Isn't it for lovers, and hearts, and flowers, and chocolates?

One Billion Rising

Catherine Okafor | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Catherine Okafor

Valentine's Day is a day where most spend it with their loved ones and exchange chocolates, flowers and other gifts. This year was a little different for me and my friends. We spent this special day dancing for a good cause.

Building Bridges: 'The Vagina Monologues' At Winona State University

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

The co-directors of WSU's 11th annual production of The Vagina Monologues have included two original pieces: the story of a "genderqueer" person who struggles with their relationship with their vagina, and the story of a non-op trans* woman who wishes she had a vagina but cannot.

From Awareness to Action: Providing Housing & Support for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Becca Stevens | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Becca Stevens

While public awareness in the US about the connection between child sexual abuse, human trafficking and prostitution has increased 100-fold in the past ten years, there are far, far less than 100 programs providing free housing and support for survivors.

One Billion Bodies Reclaimed!

Gillian Schutte | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Gillian Schutte

The network of V-Day volunteers spreads to all four corners of the world. It is a subtle and respectful spread of sisterly support that does not impose neocolonialism or euro-centricity onto local or indigenous communities.

V-Day in Congo: One Billion Rising

Meredith Hutchison | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Meredith Hutchison

Every Valentine's Day, I end up reflecting on the previous year and the state of women in the world. It has now become my V-day ritual -- sorting through articles, and considering the presence of gender-based violence in the media over the previous 12 months.

One Billion Rising in Miami

Suzan McDowell | Posted 04.16.2013 | Miami
Suzan McDowell

We aim to put ourselves and gender-based violence "out of business" by ending violence against women. A billion will rise and dance. And in Miami you can too. Join us. Happy Valentines Day!

Valentine's Day is a Man's Job (But I'm Still a Feminist)

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 04.15.2013 | Women
Alexis Sclamberg

The moment the calendar page flipped to February my friend was already thinking about it. "Ugh," my friend sighed, looking at the blank 14th square ...

Climate Change and Violence: We Must Listen

V-Day | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
V-Day

by Matt Petersen I have a confession. I am stuck in a bad relationship. In fact, I think we are all stuck in a bad relationship. And what are th...

What Those Conversation Hearts SHOULD Say After Marriage and Children ...

Jenny Isenman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

I've had some awkward V-Day Moments, from my 5-year-old trying to soap opera kiss me to my hubby trying to stuff himself and champagne into an undersized NYC bathtub in our undersized NYC apartment. I've decided this year will not be awkward.

Locals Taking Action Against Gender-Based Violence Worldwide

Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

Chicagoans on Thursday will join activists throughout the world in marking the 15th anniversary of V-Day with One Billion Rising, an international ral...

The Man Box and The Cult of Masculinity

V-Day | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
V-Day

Violence doesn't happen in a vacuum. To address and to end violence against women globally, we must consider the factors and circumstances that contr...

N. Jerin Arifa: Islamophobia Encourages Violence Against Women

V-Day | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
V-Day

There is significant and well-justified concern within the feminist community and beyond about Muslim women's rights. Just look at what is happening in countries like Afghanistan.

Adam Hochschild: Fatal Convergence

V-Day | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
V-Day

I have found myself thinking recently about violence against women in two different times and places, and wondering what these stories might tell us about why such brutality has been such a searing, tragic part of human experience for so long.

Sally Fisher: The Intersection of HIV/AIDS & Violence Against Women

V-Day | Posted 04.12.2013 | World
V-Day

Women around the world have made huge strides, achieved political power, status, money, and celebrity. We make critical differences around conference tables, negotiating tables in the arts and in the courts everywhere, and yet we live in the midst of a global culture of violence.

Beautiful Uprising: Women Lead in the Dance on Valentines Day

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

"Today, on the planet, a billion women -- one of every three women on the planet -- will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That's ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated. V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence."

V-Day

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

V-Day, founded by Eve Ensler, is a global day of recognition and protest, as millions demand a stop to violence against women and girls.

Our Biography Is Our Biology

V-Day | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
V-Day

All war metaphors must go. You cannot fight for peace. Peace is the path. You cannot win a war on cancer or violence against women or anything else you don't want. Fighting something always makes it bigger.

Rise Up With Terpsichore

Lisa Levart | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Lisa Levart

In ancient Greece, it was believed that the pursuit of the humanities could bring us closer to the sacred. Dance, music, painting and literature, according to Greek mythology, were given to humankind by the nine Muses.

Violent Economic "Reforms" and the Growing Violence Against Women

V-Day | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
V-Day

Could there be a connection between the growth of violent, undemocratically imposed, unjust and unfair, economic policies and the growth of crimes against women?

Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature Speaks the Language of Girls

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Not every playwright wants their work to start a movement. That's where Eve Ensler differs. Therefore, it is not surprising that Ensler's new theatrical endeavor, Emotional Creature, would take on issues faced by girls across the world.

Make Way For the Emotional Creatures Who Aren't Afraid To Dance

Amy Leon | Posted 02.07.2013 | Teen
Amy Leon

It is the freedom to say the word "vagina" and not feel the need to do the apologetic cringe afterward, the courage to talk about my sexual abuse in public to hopefully empower other girls to free themselves of the experiences that bind them.

Nepal: Rising In The Himalayas

V-Day | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
V-Day

Nepal is a country in transition. Whether it is the four lane highway that links Tribhuvan International Airport to the capital city of Kathmandu, or the innumerable new concrete constructions that intrude into the jade green rice fields of the country's rural hinterland, there are signs of change everywhere.

Who Are the 'Sheroes' In Your Life?

Reena De Asis | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Reena De Asis

"Sheroes" are everyday people doing extraordinary things! They are the courageous women and men who actively stand up for women's rights.