On Friday March 6th, and Saturday, March 7th, Albany Law will be hosting a production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues.  This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity Office at Albany Law School and the Women’s Rugby Team.  Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

The Vagina Monologues is the cornerstone of the V-Day,  a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a 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 violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.   Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, and screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.  2009 V-Day events have the option to introduce a new V-Day theatrical event, Any One of Us: Words From Prison, which reveals the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there. This new event will bring forth raw voices of fierceness and honesty written by women from prisons across the nation and performed by local women.  In 2008, over 4000 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.  In ten years the V-Day movement has raised over $60 million.

Performances begin at 7PM both days, with all proceeds to benefit Equinox and The Albany Law Family Violence Litigation Clinic.  Information Table with representatives from: Albany Law’s “Stop Abuse Again Women” USDOJ Grant Campaign, Equinox Domestic Violence Services, The Legal Project, and Albany Police Department Domestic Violence Team will be on hand outside the DAMC prior to performances (from 6-7pm both days).   Contact Albany Law student Kristen Wilson, kwilson@albanylaw.edu if you have questions or wish to pre-order tickets.   For more information about The V-Day Campaign or The Vagina Monologues, visit: www.Vday.org.

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Attendees enjoy dinner at Reception

Attendees enjoy dinner at Reception

Director of Diversity Pershia Wilkins with performers Lauren Hunt, '09 and Cynthia Leveille '10

Director of Diversity Pershia Wilkins with performers Lauren Hunt, '09 and Cynthia Leveille '10