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V-Day
May 27, 2010

To me VDAY is more than the production of The Vagina Monologues which sits at its core. VDAY is an opportunity to share with others through creative and educational means a terrible truth which happens daily in this world and in our own cities and towns. That truth is that women and girls are abused and violated in horrific ways. And that this... 'culture of violence'... must be seen by the greatest number of citizens on the planet and stopped by their awareness. But to do that through theatre and art, through education and through the community-building which develops from VDay is the positive RIGHT direction for change. In Florence we do a bilingual version of The Vagina Monologues with 26 women on stage: Italians, expatriates from around the globe and US study abroad students. Women who would never know each other form a bond around this work. This past year we held a Chianti wine raffle created by one of the women, we had a gorgeous exhibit of art in response to the situation in the DRC in the lobby. We showed a film which brought information to people who knew nothing of the situation in the DRC. Eve Ensler and her team have given me and those of us in Florence the opportunity to be a part of a positive movement. I have learned about horrors which I never knew existed and I have learned the power of communal response which I continually stand behind with gratitude and joy. VDAY gives that opportunity.... to learn, and to fully give through your own creative voice and expression. I have been able to include my passion for US study abroad students having a healthier, intimate engagement with the communities they visit through including them in this project. VDAY is an exceptional organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Florence International Theatre Company, Florence Italy

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly have no changes that I feel would be made. I feel a push toward a more global presence involving US students abroad would be something I would stand behind and take part in.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Within its structure it supports creative expression and builds incredible community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

We worked in two languages with women from around the world. The project reflected that.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Literally change the world. The moment violence against women stops humankind would have to shift its focus from a violence-based society to something else. The question is... are we capable of that as a species?

Ways to make it better...

If we, in Florence Italy where this project was implemented, were financially supported for the project. Finding funders in Italy is a very difficult thing. Generally Italians do not fund charities in their culture so it does make being effective hard

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The truth Eve Ensler speaks. She is opening doors to areas of this world which many people simply do not want to see. This is why she is my heroine. Her road, though not impossible, is a very difficult one.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Being involved in this project opens your heart, your mind, your body and creative emotions to the community you live in. It is a rare opportunity to do that for anyone. It is a gift you receive and then share.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Organized two years of V-Day activities in Florence, Italy.