- 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime
- Over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence.
- In 2012, over 5,800 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.
The producers of the 2013 Vagina Monologues brought the V-Day worldwide movement to Simmons College in a big way! The award winning play by Eve Ensler brings together voices of many women, sharing their fear and excitement about ownership of their own bodies and experiences.
The V-Day movement as a whole seeks to end violence against women and girls and bring awareness about violence against women across the world. This year, the Simmons performance included two student-written monologues by Marissa Johnson and Beatrice Seifert called, "Risers" that led directly into the video, "One Billion Rising."
The performance was funny, heart-felt, sad, and energizing all at once. I want to give major kudos to the student directors of this COMPLETELY student run production, Hannah Ibanez and Melissa Lozada-Olivia. They lead a impressively large team of performers which included: Dee Moore, Erin Butterfield, Sammy Kreitman, Symone Fonenot, Nadia Sladkey, Amanda Gordon, Nicole Veneto, Deepa Kumar Jiguda, Lyssa Childress, Jenna Palermo, Becca Scheetz, Laini Cassis, Diani Matos, Brianne Garner, Matoaka Kipp, Jacki Vassari, Zenaida Peterson, Dahn Bi Lee-Hong, Katie Jacobsen, Emma James Burke, Elizabeth Melo, Shannon Pacella, Lyra Decastro, Elsie Mayo, Marissa Johnson, & Beatrice Seifert.
Personally, I also wanted to praise the Emcees, Jaclyn Jensen & Kate Phelps, which did one of the best jobs I have ever seen during my time at Simmons. They were funny and entertaining the whole way through!
I hope you take the time to learn more about the V-Day project by watching the 1 Billion Rising video on the national V-Day website, join the movement to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence.