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Eve Ensler Statement in Response to the Open Letter by Lauren Chief Elk

Organizing globally to combat gender violence is an amazing, hard, flawed and sometimes impossible effort. Our movement is one that is based on deep respect for our sisters across class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ability and other markers of identity.

In my phone call with Lauren Chief Elk I believed I had clearly communicated that V-Day and I were deeply sorry for not knowing about the Women's Memorial Marches sooner. V-Day should have known about their existence, especially since they fall on February 14, a day of shared significance for the organizers of the March and V-Day. We should have determined together whether it was possible for the two events to take place on the same day in a way that felt respectful to all. If that was not going to be possible, V-Day could have adapted. By the time the WMM was brought to our attention, the One Billion Rising events were too far down the path and there was no way to right the situation so that everyone was happy and everyone's work and commitment was fully respected. As Tanisha's letter states, we did try to find a compromise but we failed.

Our failure to be aware of the Marches sooner and to come to a solution that made the organizers of the Marches feel supported indicates that there are bridges missing in our movement. We take these gaps in our knowledge and understanding seriously and are determined to address them this year. It is my deepest hope that representatives of the Women's Memorial March will meet with us in the coming weeks so we can follow their lead in organizing for 2014.


Eve Ensler

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V-Day and The Nation Present:  BREAKING THE MALE CODE: AFTER STEUBENVILLE, A CALL TO ACTION

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Contact: Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher, media@vday.org, 917/291-3082

V-Day and The Nation Present:

BREAKING THE MALE CODE: AFTER STEUBENVILLE, A CALL TO ACTION
A Conversation with Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter, Dave Zirin
Special Introduction by Peter Buffett, Moderated by Eve Ensler

March 20, 2013 --  On Tuesday, March 26th, V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and The Nation will present a one night only panel discussion entitled Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action, featuring Journalist and Teacher Jimmie Briggs; President of Coach for America and former football player Joe Ehrmann, A Call to Men Co-Founder Tony Porter; and Sports Editor at The Nation David Zirin, with a special introduction by Emmy Award-winning musician and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation Peter Buffett, and moderated by V-Day Founder/Artistic Director and Tony Award winning playwright Eve Ensler.

The evening is an opportunity for an open discussion with male leaders in the field and to examine how we can change rape culture while looking at the issues of patriarchy, sex education, and the role of the media in reporting sexual violence. This passionate and timely discussion is open to everyone and will issue a call for intervention, education, and transformation.

WHO: Jimmie Briggs, Peter Buffett, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter, Dave Zirin and more, moderated by Eve Ensler
WHAT: Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action
WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT
WHERE: The Paley Center  for Media (New York, NY), 25 W 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
TICKETS: SOLD OUT. WATCH the livestream here!

For press tickets, please email media@vday.org

About the Panelists

Jimmie Briggs
Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist and author.
Briggs is the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology. Through extensive travels in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, he has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. Briggs' work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications.

Tony Porter
Tony Porter is the visionary and co-founder behind the nonprofit A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. Porter’s message of engagement and self-examination has connected powerfully with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs for such high-profile groups as the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, and colleges and universities around the country, including the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Porter is also an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having done extensive work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dave Zirin
Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 2011 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. 

He is the author of seven books on the intersection of sports and politics, most recently most recently the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (The New Press.) which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports."

About Peter Buffett
Peter Buffett is a well-established musician, composer, and producer, as well as Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation. His Emmy-winning album, titled Ojibwe, was released on his own label, BisonHead. Highlights of his film and television work include the fire dance scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves and the entire score for 500 Nations, the 8-hour miniseries produced by Kevin Costner for CBS. Peter’s recently released book, Life Is What You Make It, debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice list and is a companion to his live “Concert & Conversation” performances. As Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation with his wife Jennifer, Peter helps guide the strategic mission of the Foundation.

About Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler is a Tony award winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of international phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues, which won an Obie and has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve wrote the New York Times Bestseller, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World. She then adapted it as a play which ran to critical acclaim in South Africa, Paris, Berkeley and Off-Broadway. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 100 million dollars for grassroots organizations around the world. On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, it launched it's most ambitious campaign One Billion Rising which inspired one billion people in 207 countries to Strike Dance and Rise on Feb 14, 2013 for the freedom, safety and equality of women.  Her newest book In The Body of the World will be published by Holt.

About V-Day
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. To date, 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.  Visit vday.org

About The Nation
The Nation, America's widest read journal of news and political thought, is America's oldest weekly magazine and delivers breaking news and analysis on politics, social justice, culture, film and the arts.

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Rise Against Impunity

Rise Against Impunity

Prosecutor Bensouda and Playwright/V-Day Founder Eve Ensler mark International Women’s Day.

On 14 February 2013, one billion people rose in 207 countries to dance and strike and say no to sexual violence. One Billion Rising was an expression of an urgent and deep desire of women and men across the planet to live without constant threat of violation, rape and attack.

On this March 8th which marks International Women's Day, the rising continues. There is still much to be done. Many societies still deny the existence of gender crimes, ignore them and even shame the victims. Prosecutor Bensouda and Eve Ensler are joining forces to escalate the fight to end impunity through combined efforts of advocacy and accountability, action and justice.

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V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING is Biggest Global Action Ever To End Violence Against Women and Girls

V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING is Biggest Global Action Ever
To End Violence Against Women and Girls

Campaign Spread Across the Planet on 14 February 2013,
Tens of Thousands of Events Held in 207 Countries

From a Debate in UK Parliament to a Human Chain in Bangladesh, Dancing in Kabul and Tripoli to rallies in Steubenville, One Billion Rose in City Halls, Schools, Public Spaces, and More

(20 February 2013) – 14 February 2013 marked the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls. V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING campaign leveraged the strength of V-Day’s 15-year activist network to mobilize over a billion people worldwide, inspiring women and men in 207 countries to come together and express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE against violence.

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U.S. Activists! Use the Momentum of One Billion Rising To Get VAWA Passed!

February 14th might be over but ONE BILLION RISING has only begun! Now is the time to harness the power of your activism to change the world.

Let's start by getting the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to the House floor for a vote!

On February 12th, the Senate passed S. 47, a strong, inclusive bill to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act. It is this bipartisan Senate version of VAWA that we now need the House of Representatives to bring the to the House floor for a vote.

We are calling on all of our U.S based activists to RISE for VAWA and we have a simple 2 week plan, with the aim to get VAWA passed by International Women's Day on March 8th.

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