Battling Violence Against Women

Vday logoFor the seventh year, students and community members from AULA will participate in V-Day and join a global voice that is demanding an end to violence against women. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

“The World Health Organization states that worldwide, almost one third of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. In some regions this is much higher,” says Terra Forbes, co-director of the 2014 AULA V-Day events. “And that is just cases of intimate relationships, not including attacks from unknown persons.”

AULA will be offering two V-Day performances: V-Day’s signature performance, “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” on Friday, February 28, 2014 and “Any One of Us: Words From Prison” on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Both performances will be held on campus at 7:00 p.m.

In advance of the performances, on Thursday, February 13 from 8:00 a.m. until 6 p.m., organizers are hosting a bake sale to raise funds for anti-violence organizations. Community members will also have the opportunity to purchase a singing telegram for their favorite student or colleague. Later that evening at 6:30 p.m. will boast AULA’s first V-Day open mic night. The theme is the V-Day movement, and all forms of artistic expression are welcome. Interested participants can reserve a 3-5 minute spot for the open mic by emailing tforbes@antioch.edu. Everyone, regardless of gender, is invited to participate.

All proceeds will benefit The Downtown Women’s Center and WriteGirl. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

“Violence against women has affected every single person I know in some way,” notes Forbes. “V-Day gives us a voice to act against it – to take this serious problem out from under the rug it gets swept under and shine a light on it. This is my third year participating in V-Day at AULA and I am always honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of activists.”