An Off-Broadway smash hit is coming to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University! Eve Ensler wrote “The Vagina Monologues” after interviewing hundreds of women about their relationship with vaginas. Ensler and others started a global non-profit called V-Day in 1998. The mission of V-Day is to end violence against women and girls. One of the ways is to fundraise for anti-violence groups. The latest movement in V-Day is One Billion Rising. This global protest calls for an end to the violence against women and girls.
As a part of OBR, a group of ERAU students, staff, and faculty, and the Prescott, Ariz. community are producing the play “The Vagina Monologues” to fundraise for the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter. ERAU is joining the ranks of hundreds of college campuses who have performed and are performing Ensler’s play for V-Day. This event is being organized by Allison Cisneros under the aegis of the Women’s and Diversity Center.
One Billion Rising focuses on the violence against women and girls, but men and boys should not be left out of this issue. Mark Matousek explained on the V-Day website how important it was to include men in V-Day by writing, “it became clear to me (as it already was to Eve) that violence against women was not merely a female issue; it was a human dilemma twisting the lives and consciences of men as well; men whose voices needed to be heard, in order for the dialogue that began ten years ago with the founding of V-Day to be complete.”
We ask everyone, no matter your self-identifier, to join us Friday, Feb. 15 in the DLC Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 or bring three items(toiletries, office supplies, or food) for the shelter. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.
We are asking you to celebrate V-Day with us. We are asking you to celebrate One Billion Rising with us. We are asking you to openly protest against violence against women and girls with us.
For more information about V-Day, “The Vagina Monologues,” and One Billion Rising please visit [v-day.org] and [onebillionrising.org]. Please visit [prescottshelter.org] to learn more about the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter or view the list of shelter needed items.