In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on over 200 interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women.
The Vagina Monologues is used as the centerpiece of V-Day: A Global Activist Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls. It is based on real women’s stories so it allows women who hear the stories to know
that they are not alone in their own experience. It helps people who have experienced
violence heal. It inspires people – women AND men - to get involved in V Day’s efforts
to stop violence. It removes the shame often associated with the word “vagina” and
the vagina itself and instead celebrates the word, celebrates women.
Funds raised during the performances will go to the Women's Protective Services. Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock, Inc. (WPS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization specializing in advocacy for women, men and children who have experienced domestic violence. WPS has been serving Lubbock TX and the surrounding communities since 1978. Women’s Protective Services is a community based program supported by volunteers. The services provided at WPS are free and confidential. Services are available without regard to race, sex, handicap, national origin, color, religion, sexual orientation, or income.
The Mission of Women’ Protective Services of Lubbock, Inc. is to create an environment of empowerment for women, children and families and to eliminate family violence.
Today, WPS is the only agency that provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, and support services to battered women and their dependent children in a 10,500 square-mile region, with a population of over 325,000. The WPS target area includes the 12 West Texas counties of Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Garza, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, and Yoakum. WPS serves over 3,000 clients a year and offers them shelter and support services for as long as they need.
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. Read more....
For more information about how you can participate in the Lubbock, TX play of the Vagina Monologues and to find out more about their organizational meeting scheduled visit Tech FMLA Facebook.
Hosted by Lubbock V-Men
V-Men started in 2009 with a workshop that focused on including men in the dialogue of violence against women. This V-Men workshop allowed men to tell their stories, just like women have done through The Vagina Monologues. Not only did this allow men to establish a context to come together on the issues of domestic and sexual violence, but it also allowed participants to be a part of the solution.
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