Vagina Monologues 2011

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SJSU Students Present...
A Benefit Production of the Award Winning Play, “The Vagina Monologues”

Performances

  • Thurday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets

Venue

  • Morris Dailey Auditorium
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    Closest parking is SJSU 4th Street Garage (enter on 4th street after San Carlos)
    $5.00 day pass after 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    $5.00 for all day parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

What are The Vagina Monologues?

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day's ten year anniversary.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations should contact the Women's Resource Center at 408.924.6500 atleast two weeks in advance.

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What is V-Day?
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

Through V-Day's College and Community campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, Any One Of Us: Words From Prison and screenings of V-Day's documentary Until The Violence Stops and the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2009, over 4200 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

2011 V-Day Spotlight Campaign: Women and Girls of Haiti

In 2011, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign will be on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national program in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services.

According to the Haitian government, 230,000 people died as a result of the earthquake, 300,000 were injured and over 1,000,000 were left homeless. Basic amenities like medical care, food, water, and electricity were out of reach for countless Haitians. Days after the quake, Michele Lebrun Pavana, speaking for Marjory Michel, Minister of Feminine Condition, reported to V-Day that women were at heightened risk for sexual assault.

As there are now 1,300 refugee camps across Haiti, we know that thousands of women and girls are being forced to live in high-risk situations. While women have spoken of widespread rape in the camps and the fear of being attacked, hard data on the number of rapes that have occurred is hard to come by. The most current and startling data comes from a recent Refugees International report that was published in October 2010 which states that cases of rape and abortions performed on children as young as 10 years old have tripled in Haiti since January. Refugees International also reported heightened gang-related violence, as well as reports of women being forced to trade sex for food. Few cases of rape are being prosecuted. As human rights lawyer Jane Flemming reported from the ground, survivors of rape are afraid to report to police; for the few who do their rapists are prosecuted at a lower than 2% rate. Haitian women lawyers are working to change this reality so that more women use legal avenues available to them and justice is reached. V-Day's campaign will be addressing this issue.

Through the 2011 V-Day Spotlight Campaign on the Women and Girls of Haiti, thousands of women and men throughout the world will be exposed to the issues facing women and girls in the devastated region. The Spotlight Campaign will raise funds to ensure lasting impact on the ground, supporting the revolutionary V-Day programwhich will establish three safe houses - each with an office of legal assistance for survivors of violence - in Cap Haitien, Fort Liberte, and Port de Paix respectively. In addition, the campaign is working towards the construction of four legal assistance offices in Port-au-Prince in the Bois de Bouquet, Delmas, Gressier, and Canape Vert areas, and will provide advocacy support for 19 community based organizations throughout the country doing anti-violence work.

(Source: http://www.vday.org/spotlight2011)