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Two events focus on eliminating violence against women

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Two events focusing on eliminating violence against women will be held at Hood College in February.

The performances mark V-Day, a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated not only to ending violence against women but also to heightening awareness about the global epidemic of gender-based violence, changing social attitudes and assisting anti-violence organizations.

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer, a student-directed and performed presentation, will be staged Feb. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

The play is based on an anthology of writings about violence against women, co-edited by activist Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. Contributors to the collection include world-renowned authors and personalities, including Maya Angelou, Edward Albee, Dave Eggers, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Lesser, Alice Walker and Howard Zinn, and raises awareness about topics ranging from self-mutilation to a Sudanese abduction to raising a son as a single mother.

Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Merchandise will be sold at the performance and additional donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the events will benefit the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign and Heartly House in Frederick, which provides services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and child abuse.

One Billion Rising For Justice, part of the 2014 V-Day Spotlight Campaign, will be Feb. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center. The global campaign, marking V-Day's 16th anniversary, focuses on the one billion women who are survivors of abuse, and calls for an end to violence and for justice and gender equality. The event will include music, monologues and videos.

V-Day, a nonprofit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. Since 1998, the V-Day movement has raised more than $90 million and in 2001, the corporation was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities" and in 2010 was named as one of the top-rated organizations on GreatNonprofits.

The events are sponsored by Hood’s student club, Equal Sex.

For more information about the performance, contact as35@hood.edu.