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Benefit Performance of "Vagina Monologues"


UC Riverside Celebrates V-Day 2003 With 'Vagina Monologues'

Proceeds to Benefit Riverside Rape Crisis Center

(April 25, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- As part of the V-Day 2003 College Campaign, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed three times at the University of California, Riverside’s University Lecture Hall to benefit the Riverside Rape Crisis Center and other organizations.

English language performances, with American Sign Language interpretation, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. And for the first time on this campus, a Spanish language performance will be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

V-Day 2003 at UCR is sponsored by: UC are Womyn, Women’s Studies, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, LGBT Resource Center, Chicano Student Programs, Housing, National Organization for Women, and Latinic Societas Unitas.

V-Day is a global movement that helps anti-violence organizations throughout the world continue and expand their core work while drawing public attention to the larger fight to stop worldwide violence (including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery) against women and girls.

"I am very fortunate to be able to help bring the Vagina Monologues to UC Riverside for the second time,” said student assistant director Guadalupe Lopez. “Violence against women is a large and real problem in our society and I feel that the Monologues help address this issue in a powerful and eye-opening way.”

“Humor and seriousness tell the stories of some women and create an energy that leaves the audience inspired,” explains Lopez. “My hopes are that more women feel empowered to share their stories and that we can break the taboos around sexuality and women's bodies."

Tickets are on sale now through the UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office, 787-4331, or any Ticket Master location. Tickets are $10 for all seats. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center and student groups addressing violence against women.

The 2003 UCR “Vagina Monologues” production is student-acted and is directed by Alicia Arrizon, associate professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies. Parking is available for $5 in Lot 24. The event is wheel chair accessible.
A schedule of other V-Day Campaign events at UC Riverside can be found at http://csw.ucr.edu/v-day/

In 2002, volunteer activists around the world presented more than 800 V-Day benefit events to educate millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to programs that work to stop that violence. V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001. In its first five years, the V-Day movement has raised over $14 million. For the list of participating schools to date, go to http://www.vday.org/college.
The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

Statistics
• Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. (United Nations Study on the Status of Women, 2000)
• More than 130 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital cutting, and a further two million girls are at risk. (World Health Organization, 1997)
• From 1993-1998, women ages 16 to 24 experienced the highest per capita rates of intimate violence (19.6 per 1,000 women). (“Intimate Partner Violence,” Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2000)
• Domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships. (NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, October 1996)


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