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V‑DAY FILIPINA WOMEN’S NETWORK JOINS GLOBAL EFFORT

TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

V-Day Filipina Women’s Network 2010

Presents Two Benefit Performances

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

and

A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER:  WRITINGS TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

with

A CAST OF PACIFIC AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN

Join us as we raise funds and awareness to end violence against Asian women and girls

Who: Cast of Asian Pacific American Women and Men Speak Out Against Violence

What: A benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant And A Prayer, raising funds for V-Day Spotlight 2010: Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Filipinas Against Violence, House of Lorrie–House of Hope

Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

When: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 7:30pm

Admission: $28 students / seniors, $38 balcony and dress circle, $58 orchestra, $88 VIP seating.  $10 discount for students, cast / crew and FWN members, 10% discount for tickets of 20 or more.

Tickets available at:  City Box Office: www.cityboxoffice.com or call 415.392.4400

Two Ways to Sponsor:  Sponsor an ad in the V-Diaries, anti-violence resource guide and show playbill.  Go to www.ffwn.org/events and click on TVM.  Sponsor a resident and/or a staff member of a domestic violence shelter or agency so they can come and see the shows in their honor. Go to www.ffwn.org/events and click on TVM.

Goal: To raise awareness to stop violence against women and girls and funds for our beneficiaries – V-Day Spotlight 2010: Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Filipinas Against Violence, House of Lorrie–House of Hope

Local Sponsors (partial list): Academy of Art University, Asian Week Foundation, GMA Pinoy TV, Philippine Center.  National Sponsors: Dramatists Play Service, Amanda Keidan Jewelry, LUNA, Random House, Shawn & Shane, Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Contact: Marily Mondejar, 415.935.4FWN, vday@ffwn.org




The Vagina Monologues is a poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery.  Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement to stop violence against women.  Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls (MMRP) is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day.

These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.  Featured authors and monologues read by an ALL-ASIAN WOMEN AND MEN CAST:

  • Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit
  • Carol Michele Kaplan on the importance of speaking out and by-stander intervention
  • Edward Albee on S&M
  • Edwidge Danticat on a border crossing
  • Jane Fonda on reclaiming our Mojo
  • Mark Matousek on growing up in a household of raped women
  • Maya Angelou on women's work
  • Nicholas Kristof on questioning his own responsibility as a journalist to a child prostitute in Cambodia
  • Erin Cressida Wilson on a woman soldier who lost her hands in war
  • Patricia Bosworth on her own physically abusive relationship
  • Tariq Ali on a Middle Eastern woman's refusal to be afraid

These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us.

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About V-Day  V-Day is a global 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. In 2009, over 4200 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.  To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $70 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 11,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001 and Marie Claire’s “Top Ten Charities” in 2006. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.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. 

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About Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)  FWN is the non-profit association for women of Philippine ancestry in the United States. FWN strives to enhance public perceptions of Filipina women's capacities to lead, change biases against Filipina women's leadership abilities and build the Filipina community's pipeline of qualified leaders, to increase the odds that some will rise to the President position in all sectors. Info: www.ffwn.org.

What is Save-A-Filipina Campaign?  Filipinas Against Violence: Save A Filipina is FWN's anti-domestic violence campaign to raise awareness through theatre, popular culture and education about the high incidence of violence in Filipino homes and intimate partner relationships.  Engaging the Filipino and Asian communities through the V-Day shows and hearing the women's stories in "hits home" and helps the Asian community understand the broader connections of Asian values such as respect for women, dignity, family, equality and justice to social and economic issues and to class and religion.  More information, email Marily Mondejar at marily@ffwn.org or go www.ffwn.org.

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