UDC-DCSL Presented First Ever 'Vagina Monologues' Benefit
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Posted by: Jordan Uhl
On February 12, 2016, UDC Law School (“UDC Law”) performed its first benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues. The performance was packed and an immense success. This one-night only performance was a part of V‑Day, the global movement to end violence against women. On March 1, 2016 Co-Directors Merancia Noelsanit (J.D. Candidate 2017) and Dara Gold (J.D. Candidate 2016) delivered the proceeds raised through donations and tickets to The Amara Legal Center. The benefit reading raised $836.
The 19 amazing women who performed in the benefit reading united community actresses, law school students, and law school faculty, including Dean Shelley Broderick, Dean Laurie Morin, and Professor Melissa Gill. The production was hosted by UDC Law’s International Human Rights Law Student Association and Women’s Law Society. Noelsaint and Gold are very proud that every seat was filled, that the audience enjoyed the show, and that they were able to help spread awareness about violence against women, human trafficking, the connections of activism and the arts, and raise money for an amazing organization. They hope UDC Law will continue to support the V-Day Movement and produce benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues for years to come.
Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performance of The Vagina Monologues, readings from V-Day’s A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and Any One Of Us: Words From Prison and screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops and the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You.
What are The Vagina Monologues
Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. The V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. V-Day’s most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls. vday.org
What is a V-Day Campaign?
A V-Day Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world.
What is the Amara Legal Center?
The Amara Legal Center was founded to fill a gap for FREE state-level legal services to domestic survivors of sex trafficking in the D.C. metropolitan area. We provide trauma-informed services for anyone whose rights have been violated through commercial sex, whether their involvement was by coercion, necessity, or choice. To learn more about the Amara Legal Center visit http://www.amaralegal.org/.
V‑Day UDC Law is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 2016 V-Day Campaign. The UDC Law cast included: Merancia Noelsaint, Jessica Christy, Marsha Williams, Brianda Perez, Amy House, Rachel Scheer, Barbara K. Asare Bediako, Adrianne Thomas, Susan Holliday, Ayan Islam, Michele Tingling-Clemmons, Annetta Dexter Sawyer, Professor Melissa Gill, Dara Gold, Bre McKenley, Star Johnson, Denise D’Amour, Dean Shelley Broderick, and Dean Laurie Morin.
To learn more about V‑Day at UDC Law to attend, volunteer, perform, or ask any questions e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UDC-David-A-Clarke-School-of-Law-The-Vagina-Monologues-1511673472476282/. To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.
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