V-Day, 2010: Building The City of Joy

Joy in the DRC (Congo) sounds impossible.  Yet, that’s exactly what Eve Ensler, founder of the V-Day Movement, intends to achieve.  She dreams big and makes it happen.  She has raised $70 million since 1998 to prevent violence against women and girls:
Working at the intersection of art, social action and politics, V-Day empowers grassroots activits to become leaders, turning pain to power.

On January 24, 2010, she told the New York Times‘ Deborah Solomon that V-Day stands for:

. . .vagina and victory-over-violence and Valentine’s Day.  A lot of beautiful words begin with V ~ voluptuous, vulva, volcanic, vulnerability.

Her focus for V-Day 2010 is on Building The City of Joy in the Congo:

The desire was to create a name that was not about women’s victimization, but about claiming their future.  We’ll have a radio station (we hope).  We’ll have a huge field that women will plant to grow their own crops; we’ll have therapy; we’ll have dance; we’ll have theater; and women will come for six months, everything paid. . .

Dance has a transformative effect on bodily trauma.  When you’ve been raped, the trauma lodges itself in your being.  Dance is a surefire way to release it.

V-Day events are scheduled around the world.  (I had better luck finding events in the Seattle area by entering my zip code than by clicking on their very cool interactive map.)

February 5, New York City:  V-Day Benefit

On Friday, February 5 at 7:30 PM in New York City, there will be a benefit reading of Eve’s latest work which will be published on February 9:  I Am and Emotional Creature:  The Secret Life of Girls Around the World:

The book aims to inspire girls to take agency over their minds, bodies, hearts, and curiosities.  It is a vehicle to empower girls and inspire activism.

Ms. Ensler will be joined by Jennifer and Peter Buffett (NoVo Foundation), Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, and David Stone as well as V-Board members Rosario Dawson, Beth Dozoretz, Donna Karan, Katherine McFate, Pat Mitchell, Cari Ross, and possibly Kerry Washington.

Tickets range from $100 to $5,000.


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