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Published:March 1st, 2009 00:35 EST
The Vagina Monologues, V-Day, touches towns everywhere

The Vagina Monologues, V-Day, touches towns everywhere

By Mimi A.

The Vagina Monologues, V-Day, touches towns everywhere.

           The global movement to end violence against women and girls, inspired by Eve Ensler`s New York play, has been embraced by women everywhere. Since 1998, V-Day events have been organized and productions have been rolling ever since. From mothers to daughters, granddaughters to grandmothers, sisters, wives, and cousins, women throughout the world are lifting their heads, healing their hearts, and taking pride in their gender.

Vagina Monologues, V-Day, Photo By Victoria Webb

     V-Day`s mission is to strengthen the pride and dignity of women globally while bringing awareness to the horror happening every day, We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities. We see a world where women live safely and freely. " They vow to continue their fight until the horror has stopped, and women feel safe and free from fear and harm.

     Coming March 13 & 14, 2009, women from a classic quaint town in California, come together to support the cause and reach out to their fellow V-Day sisters and women everywhere. By showing love and respect for the journey they all face together, these women believe that their efforts and energy will help surpass the silent horror, bring awareness, and stop the unrecognized transference that is damaging human lives globally. During the interviews many of the women said they were participating because they have daughters of their own, or they were inspired by one of the V-Day events that they had attended. And other responses were very forthcoming: Trisha almond, Mother of two young women, leader of girl scouts, and a survivor. " Lesley Baird, Realizing that the next generation of girls, and boys, despite being more knowledgeable about life appear to be going backward and are accepting violence and sexual assault. " Debbie Mitchell, My families past and thinking about both my daughters futures, also, educating my teenage son. " Marcia Singer, My own history of sexual invasion, and the trauma, led me to be a part. I`ve been a therapist for twenty-five years in the field of women`s and men`s empowerment. "

     The live benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues will be hosted by V-Day Petaluma 2009 at the Petaluma Community Center 320 N. McDowell Petaluma, California. The event is Produced by: Trisha Almond; Directed by: Jerrie Patterson, with a cast of local women and a crew of local supporters. There will be special guests attending, such as: Pamela Torliatt, Mayor of Petaluma, and Congresswomen Lyn Woolsey. There will be 6 ASL interpreters while the show is being performed, and there will also be counselors and psychologist on hand just in case the show brings up unexpected emotions.  To find out more about the Petaluma event and buy tickets go to: www.vdaypetaluma.org  

    But V-Day does not stop with the women, men everywhere are also showing support by speaking out about the atrocities they have heard about and witnessed in their own lives, and through their own relationships with friends, girlfriends, mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters.  This is not just a women`s movement; rather a human movement to bring awareness to the horrors that touches all of us in one way or another.

     Bringing awareness to this issue starts with all of us, and there is no better time than today.  To follow the progression of this movement, and to locate and get involved with a V-Day production near you go to: http://newsite.vday.org/

PHOTO BY: VICTORIA WEBB........