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Feb. 13: Events focus on eliminating violence against women

Monday, February 13, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Two events that focus on eliminating violence against women will be held at Hood College this month.

"A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer," a student-directed presentation, will be performed by Hood students—men and women—Feb. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. Originally commissioned for the "Until the Violence Stops" festival held in New York City in 2006, this collection of writings about violence against women was written by world-renowned authors, poets and playwrights and edited by Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues."

The Haiti Teach-In, part of the 2012 V-Day Spotlight Campaign, will be held Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center. This cultural exhibition will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti and the increased rates of sexual violence there since the January 2010 earthquake. The campaign has been used by hundreds of activists to educate communities about the violence against women and girls in Haiti.

The performance marks V-Day, a global activist movement that aims 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. Colleges and universities around the world stage similar performances as part of the V-Day campaign.

Admission to the performance is $5. Proceeds will benefit Heartly House in Frederick, which provides services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and child abuse, and the V-Day Spotlight Campaign.

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. The teach-in is co-sponsored by the international club.

For more information about the performance, contact Olivia Wolz at