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UCR Celebrates V-Day 2002 With 'Vagina Monologues'

UCR Celebrates V-Day 2002 With 'Vagina Monologues'

(February 14, 2002)

As part of the V-Day 2002 College Campaign, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning “The Vagina Monologues” is coming to the University of California, Riverside 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the University Lecture Hall.

V-Day 2002 at UCR is sponsored by UC Are Women, Women’s Studies, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, LGBT Resource Center, and Latinic Societas Unitas.

V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, consists of a 12-week calendar of events and social action campaigns anchored around Valentine’s Day. It will include 800 benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” in theatres, houses of worship, and college campuses around the world. In cities and provinces from Shanghai, China, to Harlem, NY; Sacramento to Nova Scotia, Canada; from Duluth, MN to Cebu City in the Philippines, an international chorus of voices will rise up to entertain and empower, as women live out V-Day’s mission to stop violence against women and girls.

“Vagina Monologue” tickets are on sale now through the UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office, 787-4331, or any Ticket Master location. Tickets are $8 with any high school or college I.D. or $12 general public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center.

The 2002 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 $4 in Lot 19. The event will be sign language interpreted and is wheel chair accessible.

Also join Latinic Societas Unitas for a Violence Against Women Workshop on Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm, at Humanities and Social Sciences 1503 on the UCR campus. Join the V-Day campaign to help end violence against women.

What is V-Day?

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 (FGM), sexual slavery) against women and girls.

· 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)

Since its launch in 1998, V-Day has awarded close to $4 million to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. The money comes from commercial performances of 'The Vagina Monologues,” individuals, corporations, foundations and product sales.


For the V-Day College Campaign - the longest-running and most far-reaching of V-Day’s global campaigns, colleges and universities around the world are invited to present benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” on their campuses on or around Valentine’s Day to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls. The proceeds from these events go back into the schools’ communities to local organizations and programs already working to stop this violence. College Campaign productions are non-commercial productions; they are primarily student-run, student-directed and student-performed. One of the goals of the College Campaign is to empower young people – the leaders, shapers and messengers of the future.

In the first three years of its existence, the V-Day College Campaign was presented at more than 450 schools, raised more than $1 million for local organizations, and brought the V-Day message of stopping violence against women and girls to more than 40 million people worldwide. For the list of participating schools to date, go to

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