“We are all equally deserving of respect and personal space.”
Activists in the Unites States are literally stopping traffic to end human trafficking in Miami and Atlanta, in Croatia, where the best hockey players create a justice video to talk to men about violence against women. Where farmworkers for immigration reform are rising in eleven U.S. states and four Mexican states, where youth are rising in South Africa, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and across all five boroughs in New York, which poetry, concerts, dances, and militant protest. All over the world, people are rising.
It is clear that those rising for justice have gone beyond a one-day action in 190 countries. It is a global determination to end the multiple violence’s - racial, gender, economic and environmental – that intersect with violence against women. Women and men know a new time has come and it will be determined and directed by activists on the ground in each community who know the justice they need and deserve and what they need to do to get it.
An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, introduce a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.”
Performed by some of Traverse City’s finest, The Vagina Monologues will be performed Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7 pm in Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College.
Tickets are $15 for community members and $5 for students and seniors age 65-years-old and up. If you are looking to purchase a ticket, you may do so at The Brew, downtown, the Dennos Museum Center front desk or online at www.nmc.edu/vday.
Please join the ladies of this community for a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues! Proceeds will support the Traverse City Women’s Resource Center and V-Day.
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater, on London’s West End, and it ran for ten years in Mexico City and Paris.
Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.
Today, V-Day raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artist works. In 2013, over 5,800 V-Day benefits took place. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media, and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Egypt, and Iraq.
To learn more about Eve Ensler and her award-winning works, please visit: www.eveensler.org.