WOMAN of ACTION – Eve Ensler presents ….
Performance of Emotional Creature & Sunday Supper with Eve & Cast!
On Sunday, June 24th, please join us for a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, followed by Sunday supper at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza with members of the cast, Eve
WHAT: Emotional Creature & Dinner Benefit
WHEN: Sunday, June 24th, 2:00pm
TICKETS: $1,000 for adults, $500 for accompanying teens (ages 13-19). Each ticket includes:
•Fantastic seat at Emotional Creature Sunday, June 24th, 2:00pm
•Autographed copy of Eve Ensler’s book I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
•Playbill autographed by cast members
•Sunday supper at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza with Eve Ensler, Jo Bonney, and members of the cast
BUY your ticket at www.vday.org/ecbenefit2012
Proceeds will benefit two of V-Day’s newest campaigns: V-Girls, a program providing girls worldwide with a platform for their activism; and ONE BILLION RISING, a campaign that will gather one billion women and men in a global action to end the violence against women culminating on 2-14-13.
This event is hosted by an incredible group of leaders from the Bay Area and around the country, including: Isabel Allende, Carole Black, Jo Bonney, Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler, Susie Tompkins Buell, Jennifer Buffett, Beth Dozoretz, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Anna and Rob McKay, Arlie and Adam Hochschild, Amanda Jones, Beth Karpfinger, Frannie Kieschnick, Regina Kulik Scully, Gina Maya, Katherine McFate, Susie Medak, Pat Mitchell, Belinda Munoz, Julie Parish, Amy Rao, Lisa Schejola Akin, Emily Scott Pottruck, Dr. Jane Shaw, Andrea Dew Steele, Erin Strain, Susan Celia Swan, Darian Swig, Roselyne Swig, Deb Wetherby, and Marsha Williams.
BUY your ticket at www.vday.org/ecbenefit2012
SWAN Truth & Justice Summit On Military Sexual Violence
V-Day is a proud to partner with Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) in presenting the Truth & Justice: 2012 Summit on Military Sexual Violence. This one day conference represents the first time in history that survivors of military sexual violence and their families will gather collectively to organize for institutional change, and will feature key panels by military law and policy experts on major topics involving military sexual violence and survivors’ access to justice. The conference will take place on May 8th in Washington DC.
Eve in Croatia: Roundtable on Wartime Rape; V-Day Benefit Production of The Vagina Monologues
In early April, Eve traveled to Croatia to participate in a roundtable discussion on sexual violence in war, meet with women’s groups on the ground, and attend a special V-Day benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues. Events were hugely successful, with Eve issuing a rallying cry to all Croatians for a global crusade to fight discrimination and violence against women. V-Day activist and friend Rada Borić, who has been involved with V-Day since it’s inception, recapped the events:
In Vukovar on April 3, Eve and I attended a roundtable discussion organized by the UN in Croatia and the City of Vukovar entitled Sexual Violence in the War and the Prosecution of the Perpetrators of Sexual Violence. The event was on the issue of wartime rape in order to draw attention to rape victims and motivate state institutions to respond to the victims’ needs and punish the perpetrators of crimes against women. The roundtable featured Eve Ensler, who spoke about the need to empower and support the victims so they would take on leadership roles in their community.
WATCH: Eve Ensler in Vukovar: Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Violence In War >
Eve and I then went to Belgrade for a visit organized in collaboration with the Network “Women against Violence,” the radical feminist group Amazons and the feminist art-activist group ACT Women (Art Club Taboo Women). Eve spoke to the groups. She talked about wartime rape, especially that in Congo, but also about the need not to create a hierarchy of pain. Activists shared their thoughts on activism, the fight against violence, which is often invisible and exhausting, but also about the feeling of satisfaction when women manage to live a life free of violence. Eve spoke about the City of Joy in Bukavu, Congo, as an example of a good practice – women who had been raped but who became empowered and leaders in their communities.
In the evening, the activists from ACT Women organized the ARTistic program “My Body – Shame or Power” in the Cultural Center Rex, founded as a laboratory for studying new cultural fields. It was once more shown how important the transposition and relationship between art and activism is. Two performances of The Vagina Monologues featured Vesna Bujošević and Biljana Stanković Lori (Fens Theatre and ACT Women), and wartime rape and women’s organizing and resistance was discussed by Lepa Mlađenović, myself, and Eve. With her directness and a passionate speech on the necessity of changing the patriarchal paradigm of power, Eve won the audience over in the crowded Rex. The program was moderated by Zoe Gudović and translated by Ana Imširović Đorđević.