V-Day LA: what is V-Day?

V-Day
is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

V-Day
is a non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national,
and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence
against women and girls.

V-Day
is a palpable energy, a fierce 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 worldwide violence
against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital
mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery.

V-Day
provides funding to create and nurture innovative programs to stop the
violence.

Through V-Day
campaigns
, local volunteers and college students produce
annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to
raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own
communities.

Transgender people are hit especially hard by violence. Given the size
of our community, the numbers are staggering, and many deaths and murders
due to gender variance never get reported as such by the media. The
Remembering
Our Dead
project and the annual Day
of Remembrance
work to raise awareness that there is still
much work to be done to help our youngest and most vulnerable members.

2004 marks the first V-Day event staged by the transgender community
and cast with transgender women. We are building bridges to larger communities
who share our vision of a world free of violence.

V-Day itself stages large-scale benefits and promotes innovative gatherings
and programs (The Afghan
Women’s Summit
, The 1%
Campaign
, Indian
Country Project
, and more) to change social attitudes towards
violence against women.

In 2003 the Worldwide Campaign raised over $2 million and donated $1.2
million to worthy organizations all over the world. We had events in
Australia, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon,
Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Czech Republic, England, France,
Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy our first V-Day
in Kenya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, an incredible event
in Pakistan and Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Romania, Scotland,
Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and the
United States.

The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world.
V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine’s "100 Best Charities"
in 2001. In its first five years, the V-Day movement has raised over
$14 million, with over $7 million raised in 2002 alone.

The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

 
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