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Vagina Monologues, One billion Rising mark V-Day

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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

The Vagina Monologues, a student-directed presentation, will be performed by Hood students Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

The Eve Ensler play, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. The play has been performed to great acclaim throughout the world.

Admission is $5; seating begins at 7:30 p.m. Merchandise will be sold at the performance and additional donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the events will benefit Heartly House in Frederick, which provides services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and child abuse, and the V-Day Spotlight Campaign.

The performance marks V-Day, a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated not only to end violence against women but also to heighten awareness about the global epidemic of gender-based violence, change social attitudes and assist anti-violence organizations.

One Billion Rising, part of the 2013 V-Day Spotlight Campaign, will be Feb. 14 at 12:45 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center. The global campaign, marking V-Day's 15th 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 $50 million and in 2001, the corporation was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities."

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

For more information about the performance and to purchase tickets, contact equalsex@hood.edu.