V-Day NIU joins global effort to stop violence against women, girls with benefit performance

Cover of "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer"V-Day NIU 2011 will presents benefit performances of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.

Both performances will raise funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls.

The beneficiary is DeKalb’s Safe Passage, which provides victims of domestic and sexual violence with services including crisis intervention and medical advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence, short- and long-term housing for victims and their children, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, community education, a batterer’s intervention program and a Latina outreach program.

Produced by the NIU Women’s Rights Alliance, the performances will take place in the Diversions Lounge of the Holmes Student Center. Admission is $5. Doors open at 7 p.m.

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls” is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights.

Playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle edited the works, commissioned for the first “V-Day: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS” festival, which took place in 2006 in New York City.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” and other artistic works.

In 2010, more than 5,400 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the United States and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has reached more than 300 million people, raised more than $75 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it.

For more information, e-mail niuwra@gmail.com.

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