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					  “Why are
people scared
 of the word
  Vagina?”



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      Dear V friends

      We at „Until the Violence Stops‟ (UTVS) have developed this CAMPAIGN
PACK in response to the feedback we have received from V-Day organisers. It is
here to aid you in the practical sides of taking part in V-Day and includes
information and local support that are not already accessible to you via the V-Day
website. This pack has been specially developed for V-Day organisers in the UK to
help us all in our campaign to stop violence against women.

 It is to let you know that you are not on your own. There are many V-Day organisers
and supporters for 2007 and all of them want to feel the excitement and worldwide
empowerment of being involved in this event. We really think that one of the keys to
creating a positive V-Day is COMMUNICATION, which is why WE ARE HERE. We
also believe that the more you network between yourselves as organisers,
campaigners and supporters, the more innovative and influential the V-Day
movement will become in reaching out to people.



We hope this is useful and please get in touch with your
                        feedback


BE CONFIDENT & ENJOY THE V-DAY SPIRIT **

Love all the V Team at „Until the Violence Stops‟



xx




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                                       CONTENTS
   About the charity „Until the Violence Stops‟ and our projects: 1) V-Day
                                                                    2) TRUST       p4


   Your V-Day: Publicity, Advertising & Overcoming Resistance:                    p5-12


           Learning From past organisers feedback
           Making Links to establish V-Day in your community
           Have you thought about...
           Publicity & Fundraising Ideas
           For your Performance:           Before the event
                                           At the event
                                           After the event


   Publicity Tips                                                                 p13


   Campaigning Tool: The „Until the Violence Stops‟ documentary                   p14


   List of Charities Local to your V-Day working to stop violence against women   p15-23


   List of National Charities working to stop violence against women              p23-26


   Beneficiaries: Last year‟s beneficiaries, Tips & Draft Letter                  p27-30
                     p27-28


   Clarifying the V-Spot                                                          p31


   Practical Side of the Vagina Monologues: College Campaign Summary              p32-33


   Practical Side of the Vagina Monologues: Worldwide Campaign Summary            p34-35


   Global Violence Against Women – The Facts                                      p36-39


   Contacts & Links                                                               p40




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Until the Violence Stops is an organisation that works to end violence against women and children
through creative and artistic events.
Until the Violence Stops was established in 2003 to embed V-Day in the UK as a response to the
global V-Day Movement, founded by Eve Ensler. Until the Violence Stops co-ordinates and
promotes the V-Day project in the UK, raising funds and awareness to support charities and local
beneficiaries which work to prevent violence, or with women and children who have suffered
violence.
V-Day is one distinct project delivered by UTVS for engaging women, men and young people in a
holistic approach to the prevention of violence and abuse in human relationships. „Until the
Violence Stops‟ other main project is „TRUST‟.




The TRUST Project
The TRUST project‟s main aim is to change young people‟s attitudes about the issues of violence
against women and children.

The TRUST Project uses the arts and theatre to educate young people in schools and youth clubs
about domestic violence while it also explores issues around healthy and unhealthy relationships
and encourages boys and girls to develop healthy relationships based on respect, trust and
equality.

The TRUST project effect is really crucial as it helps to create an entirely new generation of people
who are fully aware of the difficult issues of violence against women and children. In this way, the
TRUST project is actively creating communities that do not tolerate violence against women and
children.

Before the TRUST project experience:
40% of questioned young people thought that women and girls sometimes encourage violence by
nagging and arguing and 25% by not treating boys with respect.
After the TRUST project experience:
Boy: „I have learned to respect women‟.
Girl: „I have learned that violence can be just shouting abuse as well‟.
Boy: „It has given me an insight to what happens behind closed doors. It also has given us ideas of
how to deal with issues‟.



          To find out more about the charity „Until the Violence Stops‟ visit our website

www.tender.org.uk




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  Publicity, Advertising & Overcoming Resistance

       “Why are people scared of the word Vagina?”
(Organiser, Devon, 2006)

Staging a performance of any play can be demanding but staging a performance of “The
Vagina Monologues” is by no means an easy task. You may still encounter resistance to the use of
the word vagina, or the concept of the play. Taboos related to „The Vagina Monologues‟ reflect
taboos surrounding issues of violence against women. This is why V-Day is so influential in its
ability to empower and expose.

We hope this next section will help you with the practicalities of things to think about so you can
visualise your V-Day event in stages as a collection of smaller steps to be thinking about from now
rather than being overwhelmed in V-Season.

Organising your V-Day event will take time, effort and energy – but it‟s going to be absolutely worth
it!

We would like to add that the V-Team at „Until the Violence Stops‟ will be working on V-Day 2007
right through to the end of the V-Season in March. We want to stress that we are available to reach
by phone; email and we can even come to your community or university to give presentations and
hold discussions and film screenings.



     LEARNING FROM PAST ORGANISERS
                FEEDBACK
    Feedback from 2006 campaigners revealed that they still struggled with social taboos
    surrounding the word „vagina‟, finding publicity and even email communication being
 sometimes censored or refused. We understand the difficulties you may experience and it
is this resistance which reiterates the importance of raising awareness, changing attitudes,
                working together and fighting hard for what we believe is right.

For example an organiser‟s experience in West Yorkshire shows:
“Our posters were pulled down twice through our (small) town”

 If this happens – we suggest you respond by putting more back up 3 times the size! This
  action should be taken along with an effort to educate those who are offended – explain
      the importance of „The Vagina Monologues‟ in the trying to tackle the situation of
                 worldwide & widespread violence against women (VAW).

“England really doesn't know much about V-Day. If the community has never heard of the
charity then it‟s difficult to get them interested.”
(Organiser, Cheshire, 2006)

This is one reason why the V-Team is here – to try and maximise & publicise V-Day in the UK. It is
so important to reach out to as many people as possible which is why your work has so much
impact and creates hope for this country as well as internationally.



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                                 IT TAKES TIME!
“Do It! But be prepared for a lot of hard work. And if your community has no knowledge of
V-Day, spend a lot of time lobbying for coverage and support. Personally, I would start a lot
earlier than I did this year! Maybe everyone else involved started much earlier than I did,
but I plan on getting started for V-day 2007 in November 2006. And make sure you have a
big team behind you.”
(Organiser, Cheshire, 2006)

  Arranging publicity, advertising and persuading the public to be part of the audience all
 take time. We would suggest starting to research potential advertising spots as early as
possible as well as thinking of ideas as to how you are going to get publicity for your V-Day
        event. Will you use local media? Put on an event? Stage a publicity stunt?

“Dealing with the responses and silly faces pulled by people when they hear the
name of the piece. It is very tiresome! There is a lot of ignorance out there -remain
determined and focused on the important thing - getting the message across.”
(Organiser, Isle of Wight, 2006)

This sort of reaction is one that many organisers have or will experience. Don‟t be
disheartened as the controversy surrounding the name and subject of the play just
highlights how the issues of women‟s bodies, experiences and treatment have been
silenced and accepted. This organiser is spot on – we must focus on communicating the
message of „The Vagina Monologues‟ because there is a need for it.

“Also, a lot of men think that they are not welcome to join in the production, or even
to come and see the performance. If we'd known this we'd have made it more
obvious that everyone was welcome in our advertising.”

This is a hurdle that I urge all organisers to pay attention to and follow the suggestion of
this organiser to make it clear how much men can be involved. Most importantly we want
them to be involved!

       “At the end of the play I added a monologue of my own - explaining to the
audience why I'd chosen to put on a production of The Vagina Monologues, why it
was important to me, and ultimately what the play and what V-Day was all about. I
explained that everything had been donated or volunteered and that 100% of their
ticket money and donations was going to charity. I told them that violence is
happening in their own community, and I asked them to donate more money on
their way out - I suggested that they put some money in for every vagina that was
precious to them; their mother, daughters, sisters etc. A lot of people then did
donate more on their way out at the end of the show. It was a good time to ask them
when they had just been wowed by the show. I'd recommend this to anyone else
putting on a performance!”                   (Organiser, Wales, Aberystwyth, 2006)



     V-Day is an experience and personal to everyone. Don‟t be afraid of audience
    participation! Share how important this is to your group and to your beneficiaries.
 Organising your V-Day should be a total team effort – so get talking now, find out whose
                 interested, what needs to be done – and delegate roles.

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  Making links with the Local Community – taking
       steps to localise and establish V-Day
We propose an initiative for using the documentary film „Until the Violence Stops‟ as a networking
and educational device. Holding a film screening in your community and strongly advertising this
event with flyers and face to face/phone invitations will help to strengthen your V-Day by raising
awareness of and introducing V-Day to the uninitiated. This can be a way of leading to acceptance
and education at the community whilst also establishing V-Day in the UK at the local level.

This action will contribute to overcoming resistance & gaining the
support of your community by getting EVERYONE INTERESTED
and EXCITED about V-Day!

                           V-Day is an education.
It is common to find that people you will talk to have either heard about “The Vagina Monologues”
or V-Day. However, we need to make the connection clear between these two.

  “The Vagina Monologues” is part of the V-Day campaigns. It is a powerful, moving and
    adventurous way of educating people and captivating their attention to the issue of
  Violence against Women. V-Day after all is here until the violence stops to both protect
                                 and celebrate women




REMEMBER:

   INVITE YOUR BENEFICIARIES TO YOUR V-Day
     EVENTS & WORK WITH THEM AND YOUR
       COMMUNITY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

              V-Day can only evolve if we involve!



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                 Have you thought about…
     Producing and circulating a newsletter for the general public – or if you don‟t want to create
      your own from scratch you can use the background information and template of the V-Day
      newsletter we sent you at UTVS and add details of your own personal V-Days.


     Producing a leaflet of what‟s going on in your local area over the V-Season. This can
      include your performance of “The Vagina Monologues” and other events you have
      organised. Other V-Day events and information can be included as well as facts about the
      level of violence against women in the local area or in the UK to educate the public that this
      issue is close to home.



     Joining our mailing list to share information with other organisers and organisations

     Using our website www.vdayuk.org to advertise your V-Day event and
                                activities.

 We are in the process of creating an online interactive map, which will be
accessed from our website and means you can enter your location to find a
                          V-Day event near you.


     You could also try publishing a series of articles or advertising in your local newspaper or
      radio station to get your community involved and aware.


     Having a Raffle. Ask around and get prizes donated for free. You‟ll be surprised at how
      much people and businesses are willing to donate. It‟s an opportunity for them to give
      generously to a great cause and get their name mentioned at your event.


     Merchandise. What will you have as trinkets to mark V-Day? Here you can really get
      creative.



     Take photos of your V-Day. Photos of your own V-day events will be a useful publicity tool
      for your group/organisation to make use of in the future.




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         Ideas for fundraising & publicizing

Media coverage – This can act as incentive for local companies & groups to support V-Day.
It will also persuade new audiences.

Violence Against Women Resources – Researching & getting hold of other plays,
films of arts that approach issues of violence against women can be useful to educate and reach
people. The more resources you have covering this theme, the more you can raise the profile and
awareness of your V-Day.

Gatecrash! Find out what‟s going on in your local area and make your V-Day a part of it. Have
a stall at your infamous student club night or your local popular pub quiz. Come equipped with
leaflets, info, tickets for sale, merchandise and enjoy!

Comedy club- See if a local comedy club will put on a comedy night with proceeds from the
ticket sales going to your beneficiaries. Alternatively host your own comedy show in your students
union or pub.

Film Night- Compile a list of suitable films and get screening. It‟s worth contacting your local
cinema to see if they‟ll get involved.

Benefit gig- you can approach local unsigned acts, or try and get some big names. Another
idea is to hold a talent contest.

Bake sale- it may sound too traditional, but everyone loves cake! Refreshments to accompany
any event you hold are always popular.

Throw a party – have fun!

Valentine‟s Card Competition- Organise a competition to design a valentines card to
promote V-Day where the winning design gets sold and marketed on our V-Day website & used as
our national campaigning too! UTVS then sends V-Day valentine‟s cards to all our and your
beneficiaries, parliament, refuges etc. Lobby & campaign device.

Sponsored event- Rally the troops and get creative. Raise money and awareness by making
a spectacle of yourself through your local area.

Fundraising dinner or club night – Contact a local restaurant or club/bar and negotiate
a deal for a quiet night. You can charge guests full price with the profit going to your V-Day‟s
chosen beneficiaries. This is also a great opportunity for the venue that will receive publicity, profile
and new customers.

Open mic night – An opportunity for diverse groups of people to get together and create,
innovate and share. Acts can include whoever wants to be heard, from spoken word, to beat
boxing to personal anecdotes.



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Art exhibition- Ask local art groups or art students if you could display their work for a
fundraising exhibition. You could just ask for donations. Alternatively you could actively seek out
artists whose work represents a connection to the themes of V-Day and ask if their work could be
displayed at your performance.

Book sale- Contact your local library and see if you can sell discounted books and keep the
proceeds for V-Day. Or you could just ask people in your group to bring a few books each.
Combine this with selling refreshments and publicity for your event.

Organise a book group- Now is the time to set up a book reading group to meet once a
month to read a book related to the issue of Violence against women. You could advertise for
members in your workplace, university, community centre, and local area, shops and among your
beneficiaries. This could be a powerful and interesting way to unite cross sections of the
community. Alternatively you could contact established book groups and ask if they‟d like to
choose a book related to fighting against VAW and celebrating women for the V-Season.

Auction of promises- this is an alternative to a raffle where the public bid for bigger prizes
or experiences which have been promised.

Merchandise- But in merchandise such as Eve Ensler‟s book „The Vagina Monologues‟ or „The
Good Body‟ to have for sale. After watching your performance the audience will be queuing up for
all things vagina!



In general - Raffles & refreshments increase funds to add to your V-Day collection for
donation. Inviting local celebrities, government officials, or beneficiaries to give a short talk will get
press coverage and raise awareness.


    An effective way of getting people interested and getting
 through the „vagina‟ barrier is to use case studies to illustrate
  the issues surrounding violence against women and what V-
  Day can do to help. Making V-Day personal can also make it
                         more tangible.




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                        For Your Performance
The benefits to your group and V-Day:

Raising money- ticket sales

New Members- For your local group & V-Day

Raise Awareness – through the V-Day campaign and your activism, local media coverage,
word of mouth.

It‟s a Team effort – Delegate

Make sure you have enough people in your team to support you. Discuss what you want to
do, what needs to be done, who can do it and when.

There will be many tasks, which you can delegate


Before the event
-Organisation

Creating a rough timeline or V-Day calendar in your group might be useful to keep a visual
check on your progress and targets

V-Day coordinator to liase between the group and V-Day

Ordering materials/merchandise/stage props

Stage manager & backstage team

Lighting

Photographer

Producing flyers/posters/leaflets

Seating plan of venue

Contact person to liase with the venue manager

Media

Promotion

Tickets

Obtaining raffle prizes

Director & Producer – one of which will be contact person for the cast


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At the event/ on the night helpers

Greeters at the door

Raffle ticket sellers

Running refreshment stand

Merchandise sellers

Press/photographer liaison

Special guest, for example beneficiary liaison

Have an information table where people can leave their details, receive information on
future group events and pick up support V-Day leaflets.

Take photos for your group

Decorating/preparing the venue

Setting up

Clearing up

Stage manager & helpers in charge of positions, curtain calls, interval timing, giving cue‟s




After the event
Thank you letters (raffle donors, venue manager, special guests)

Follow up with local press, sending them a write up and photos of the event

Send V-day UK a write up and photos of your event

PLEASE fill in your feedback form‟s for V-Day Central as Eve Ensler has stipulated that this
procedure must be completed.




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                                  Publicity Tips


Tip: Contact local daily, weekly and online newspapers, local radio programs and television news
programs about covering your event in the following ways:
 A calendar/benefit listing
 A story or segment in advance of your event
 A free ad for your production. Be sure to mention that it is a benefit for non-profit groups in
    your community.
 Covering the event itself. Invite local TV reporters to interview the cast at a rehearsal prior to
    the event so they can run a news segment the day of the show, or a day or two prior.

Tip: Often, there is a news slump after Christmas and radio, T.V. and newspapers are looking for
stories. This is a great time to promote your event.

Tip: Instead of sending Valentine‟s Day cards this year, send V-Day cards to members of the press
that announce your production.

Tip: Publicize your event and raise money at the same time by selling ad space in your production
program to campus groups and local businesses.

Tip: Remember that one of the best ways to promote your V-Day event is to update your event
information through your V-Day online account. This way, when people all over the world search
the V-Day web site for an event near them, yours will be one of the options!

Tip: The best publicity is often word of mouth so talk about the V-Day 2006 Campaigns with
everyone you know. When people are informed, they are more likely to get involved. And the
more people who are involved, the more likely the College and Worldwide Campaigns will
succeed, the message of V-Day will spread, and violence against women and girls will stop.

Tip: Community websites such as Myspace, Facebook, Friendster, etc. are fantastic free resources
you can use to get the word out about your V-Day and to create an online community within your
area.

There are many ways to approach publicity. These are just a few suggestions. Be creative and
get noticed!




     FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ONTO YOUR V-SPOT ACCOUNT



Your event is an important event in and of itself. It is also part of a larger happening. The V-Season
will see thousands of colleges and communities globally presenting V-Day benefits right along with
you during February and March.




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  A GREAT CAMPAIGN TOOL FOR YOUR
        ORGANISATION TO USE

  We are thrilled to offer you a copy of the documentary film called „Until the Violence Stops‟
  which can be used as a powerful campaigning tool for your V-Day.


  We suggest that organising a film screening of this documentary prior to your V-Day and
  performance of „The Vagina Monologues‟ can help you to:

      o   Create & reach new audiences
      o   Maximise awareness & word of your V-DAY
      o   Boost ticket sales
      o   Educate
      o   Inspire your cast/colleagues/friends/organisers
      o   Encourage others to get involved
      o   Raise awareness
      o   Produce funds

You may want to host a film screening either as a promotional event for your V-Day, as an
awareness raising event, or as a fundraiser.

  The film charts one spectacular year in the ever-expanding life of V-Day, documenting
  the 2002 productions of The Vagina Monologues that took place in 800 cities across
  the globe. Featuring powerful testimonies and performances from women survivors of
  abuse, the film celebrates the moving reclamation of women‟s bodies and lives.




 We have order forms available and a copy of the film will cost your
                        organisation £10




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                  LIST OF LOCAL CHARITIES
This list includes some local charities and potential beneficiaries within the area
you are going to put your V-Day on. You might think about inviting them to your
event or make them your potential beneficiaries.

                                    BIRMINGHAM

Organisation                              Birmingham Women's Aid
Organisation‟s aim                        Women's Aid is a support group for women
                                          experiencing domestic violence.
Contact details                           Telephone: 0121 685 8505
                                          Telephone: 0121 685 8551

Organisation                              Roshni Women's Refuge
Organisation‟s aim                        Roshni is a refuge providing safe
                                          emergency accommodation, for women
                                          and children of domestic violence and
                                          family conflict.
Contact details                           P.O.Box 4579, Birmingham, B16 9HJ UK
                                          Telephone: 08707070098 (10am-10pm)
                                          email: roshni@accom.bham.org.uk


                                   BRISTOL
Organisation                              Next Link Domestic Abuse Services
Organisation‟s aim                        It is based in central Bristol and also
                                          offers refuge accommodation and
                                          support and advice.
Contact details                           Link House, 5 Queen Square, Bristol
                                          BS1 4JQ
                                          Telephone: 0117 925 0680
                                          Email: nextlink@mlha.freeserve.co.uk, Web:
                                          www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~mlink


                                 LEICESTER
Organisation                              Panahghar
Organisation‟s aim                        Panahghar, an Urdu word meaning 'Safe
                                          House', is a registered charity based in
                                          Coventry, England. Panahghar is a nationally
                                          respected agency with extensive experience
                                          in the provision of direct services primarily to
                                          Asian women, their children and families for
                                          the relief of poverty, physical and mental
                                          distress, domestic violence and abuse on a
                                          local, regional and national level.
Contact details                           Telephone: 01203 228952 (between 9.30am-
                                          5.30pm)
                                          Email: Enquiries@safehouse.org.uk



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                      LEEDS
Organisation          Behind Closed Doors
Contact details       Telephone: 01943 850 555
                      (Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm)
                      Email: behindcloseddoors@lineone.net


                     LIVERPOOL
Organisation           Amadudu Women‟s Refuge
Contact details        PO Box 252, Liverpool, L69 8NA
                       Telephone: 0151 734 0083

Organisation              Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project
                          Ltd
Organisation‟s aim        Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project
                          Ltd (SGDVP) is a charitable organisation run
                          by women to support women experiencing
                          domestic abuse. We believe that women and
                          children have the right to live lives that are
                          free from violence and abuse. We provide
                          easily accessible, free and confidential
                          services for women in a range of community
                          venues.
Contact details           Jacqueline Gordon
                          c/o STEC, Venturepoint Business Park, Unit
                          House, Speke Boulevard, Liverpool, L24 9HZ
                          Telephone: 0151 4863999
                          Email: sgdvp@stecoffice.wanadoo.co.uk


                      LONDON
Organisation               Eaves Supported Housing
Organisation‟s aim        London‟s largest provider of temporary
                          accommodation to homeless women with
                          additional support needs
Contact details           Eaves Housing For Women, 2nd Floor
                          Lincoln House, Kennington Park, 1-3
                          Brixton Road, London, SW9 6DE
                          Telephone: 020 7735 2062




Organisation              Until the Violence Stops: The Trust
                          Project
Organisation‟s aim        The TRUST Project uses the arts and theatre
                          to educate young people in schools and
                          youth clubs about domestic violence while it
                          also explores issues around healthy and

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                         unhealthy relationships and encourages boys
                         and girls to develop healthy relationships
                         based on respect, trust and equality. The
                         TRUST project‟s main aim is to change
                         young people‟s attitudes about the issues of
                         violence against women and children.
Contact details          Interchange Studios,
                         213 Haverstock Hill
                         London, NW3 4QP
                         Telephone: 0207 431 7227
                         Email: susie@tender.org.uk




Organisation             Southall Black Sisters
Organisation‟s aim       Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit
                         organisation, was established in 1979 to
                         meet the needs of black (Asian and African-
                         Caribbean) women. Our aims are to highlight
                         and challenge violence against women;
                         empower them to gain more control over
                         their lives; live without fear of violence; and
                         assert their human rights to justice, equality
                         and freedom.
Contact details          21 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex,
                         UB1 3BL
                         Telephone: 020 8571 9595 (Mon-Fri
                         10am–5pm closed Wed)
                         Fax: 020 8574 6781
                         Email: southallblacksisters@
                         btconnect.com

Organisation             The Havens
Organisation‟s aim       The Havens offer medical help and advice;
                         counselling; and practical and emotional
                         support to anyone in London who has been
                         raped or sexually assaulted.
Contact details          Haven - Camberwell
                         King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill,
                         London
                         Tel:- 020 7346 1599
                         Haven - Paddington
                         St Marys Hospital, Praed Street, London
                         Tel:- 020 7886 1101
                         Haven - Whitechapel
                         The Royal London Hospital, 9 Brady Street,
                         London
                         Tel:- 020 7247 4787


                     MANCHESTER
Organisation             Central Manchester Women's Aid Cmwa
Organisation‟s aim       Providing housing and support temporarily to
                         women and children experiencing violence pr

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                               abuse at home. They offer Children and
                               Family Project, an outreach and aftercare
                               service and a survivors' support group.
Contact details                PO Box 10, Ardwick, Central East,
                               Manchester, M13 0RJ
                               Telephone Number: 0161 273 4366 / 07778
                               645 455
                               Email: info@cmwa.org.uk
                               Website: http://www.cmwomensaid.org.uk

Organisation                   Glossop Women's Aid
Organisation‟s aim             The aim of this charity is to offer support to
                               women and their children experiencing
                               domestic abuse.
Contact details                PO Box 22, Glossop, Derbyshire
                               Telephone: 01457 856675

Organisation                   Women's Domestic Violence Intervention
                               Project
Organisation‟s aim             Women Support Service
Contact details                PO BOX 156, Newton Street, Manchester
                               M60 1DB
                               Telephone: 0161 839 8574


                     NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Organisation                Newcastle Women's Aid
Contact details             Womens Aid, PO Box 12, Whitley Bay
                            NE26 1ET
                            Telephone: 0191-251 3305

Organisation                   Panah
Organisation‟s aim             Provides advocacy, counselling & temporary
                               accommodation to women of non-European
                               ethnicity and their dependent children
                               suffering domestic violence, sexual or mental
                               abuse. Confidential service offered by black
                               women to black women.
Contact details                Panah, PO Box 27, Newcastle upon
                               Tyne, NE3 1EU
                               Telephone: 0191 284 6998
                               Fax: 0191 284 6998
                               E-mail: Panahrefuge@hotmail.com

                         PORTSMOUTH
Organisation                Portsmouth Women's Refuge Service
Contact details             PO Box 26, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 5JQ
                            Refuge support line: 023 9229 034




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                      HAMPSHIRE
Organisation              Andover Crisis and Support Centre
Organisation‟s aim        Medium term accommodation for up to six
                          months for women and women with children
                          needing a supportive environment. Also a
                          drop in facility where clients can just call in
                          (or telephone). We offer pregnancy testing,
                          clothing, tea and a chat, accommodation,
                          advice, counselling and more.
Contact details           Manager, 17 New Street, ANDOVER
                          Hampshire, SP10 1EL
                          Telephone: 01264 366122
                          Contact person: Yvonne Bradbury

Organisation              Basingstoke Women's Refuge
Organisation‟s aim        Safe temporary accommodation for women &
                          children who experience domestic abuse.
                          Advice & support services are free of charge.
                          Weekly charge for accommodation (eligible
                          for housing benefit).
Contact details           Telephone: 01256 350996

Organisation              East Hants Women's Refuge (Stonham)
Organisation‟s aim        Housing Advisors at East Hampshire District
                          Council are available to give advice relating
                          to any housing problem or enquiry that you
                          may have. You do not need an appointment
                          and you may call into the offices at any time
                          between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday
                          (except between 2pm and 3pm on Monday
                          when we have a homelessness meeting).
Contact details           Telephone: 01730 234345/77/78/94/97


                     HERTFORDSHIRE
Organisation              St Albans & Hertsmere Women's Refuge
Organisation‟s aim        Victim Support Services offer emotional as
                          well as practical support and can help in
                          dealing with other agencies
Contact details           East
                          covering North Herts, Stevenage, East
                          Herts and Broxbourne
                          01992 504137
                          Central
                          covering Welwyn & Hatfield, St Albans
                          and Hertsmere
                          01707 354626
                          West
                          covering Watford, Dacorum and Three Rivers
                          01923 212766

Organisation              Stevenage and North Herts Women's Aid


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Organisation‟s aim        North Herts and Stevenage PCT is
                          committed to supporting the work of the
                          Stevenage and North Herts Domestic
                          Violence Forum. The forum is a group of
                          local individuals and agencies that
                          together seek to;
                                   raise the awareness of domestic
                                    violence within our community,
                                   actively work to prevent it happening
                                    and
                                   protect and help those who are at risk
                                    because of it.

Contact details           Tel: (01462) 708470 extension 210 or direct
                          line number 01462 708474
                          E-mail: eric.beach@nhst-pct.nhs.uk

Organisation              Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge
Organisation‟s aim        Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge is a local
                          voluntary agency providing services for
                          women
                          and children who have experienced domestic
                          violence or abuse.
                          We are an independent organisation run by
                          women, for women
                          and we are full members of the Women's Aid
                          Federation of England (WAFE)

Contact details           PO Box 107, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10
                          0LB


                       KENT
Organisation           Ashford Refuge
Contact details        Telephone: 01795 428547

Organisation              Dartford & Gravesham Women's Aid
Organisation‟s aim        A temporary place of refuge or a place of
                          safety for women and children who have
                          suffered mental or physical violence and/or
                          harassment, rape or sexual abuse.
Contact details           PO Box 753, Dartford, Kent DA1 1FY
                          Phone: 01322 384792


                     LANCASHIRE
Organisation           Burnley Women's Aid
Contact details        Telephone: 01282 422024 (office)
                       (advice) 9.15am-5.00pm - Mon-Fri
                       except Bank Holidays

Organisation              Burnley Women's Refuge

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                           Association
Organisation‟s aim         These places would be accessed to provide
                           women with the opportunity to attend
                           homeless interviews, court appearances,
                           college courses, and the job centre and
                           support groups. The support groups help
                           women with assertiveness, capacity building
                           and self-confidence. Full day care provision
                           would be offered to children of women who
                           wish to attend further education or
                           employment.
Contact details            Burnley Women's Refuge Association
                           Orchard House, P.O. Box 9 , Burnley
                           BB11 2RP
                           Telephone: 01282 414130
                           Email: children@bwra.org.uk
                           Contact person: Sarah Hodgkinson

Organisation               Chorley Women's Refuge Group
Organisation‟s aim         To offer shelter and support to women and
                           their children who have suffered physical,
                           mental or sexual abuse. Domestic violence
                           hotline 01257 260200 weekdays
Contact details            c/o Chorley and South Ribble CVS, Astley
                           Hall Farmhouse, Hall Gate
                           Astley Village, CHORLEY,
                           PR7 1XA
                           Telephone: 01257 260200
                           Contact person: Mrs Chris Stitt Refuge
                           supervisor


                     NORTHUMBERLAND
Organisation               Northumberland Women's Refuge
Organisation‟s aim         Northumberland Services for Women has an
                           8 bedroom, 14-bed house, which includes a
                           wheel-chair accessible barrier-free suite. A
                           crisis line, answered 24 hours a day,
                           provides immediate response to women.
Contact details            Northumberland Services For Women
                           P.O. Box 935, Cobourg, Ontario
                           K9A 4W4
                           Telephone: Program Manager - Jane Lang -
                           (905) 372- 6381 ext. 31



                      OXFORDSHIRE
Organisation               Berkshire Women‟s Aid
Organisation‟s aim         Offers advice, practical help and safe
                           accommodation
Contact details            Telephone: 0118 9504003



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Organisation             Oxfordshire Women's Aid
Organisation‟s aim       Provides emergency accommodation, advice
                         and support for women and children
                         experiencing domestic violence. This charity
                         supports women of any age, marital status,
                         background, and nationality and ethnic origin.
Contact details          Telephone: 01865 778400 / 0845 702 3468
                         Open 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday


                      SOMERSET
Organisation             Bridgwater Women's Aid
Organisation‟s aim       Helpline for women in the Bridgwater area in
                         need of help of a refuge. Helpline open 9am-
                         5pm Monday-Friday, with answerphone
                         giving alternative contact numbers at all other
                         times. Referral to the Women's Refuge is
                         usually via police, hospital, solicitor, etc, but
                         can be self-referral following domestic
                         violence/abuse. (The Bridgwater Refuge
                         does not have a unit for disabled women.)
Contact details          St Nicholas House Blake Place,
                         BRIDGWATER, Somerset, TA6 5AU
                         Telephone: 01278 456351

Organisation             Taunton Women's Refuge
Organisation‟s aim       Taunton Women‟s Refuge is a safe haven for
                         women with or without children who have
                         suffered domestic violence by someone with
                         whom they have had an intimate relationship.
Contact details          P O Box 286, Taunton, Somerset, UK
                         Telephone: 01823 279991
                         Fax: 01823 279997
                         Email: office@tauntonwomensrefuge.org.uk
                         Website: www.tauntonwomensrefuge.org.uk


                     SOUTH ESSEX
Organisation             South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre
                         (SERICC)
Organisation‟s aim       SERICC provides a confidential, independent
                         and specialist women only sexual violence
                         support, advocacy and counselling service
                         for women and girls over the age of 13, who
                         have experienced sexual violence at any
                         time in their lives

Contact details          Office Telephone and Fax: 01375 381322
                         Email: sericc@sericc.demon.co.uk
                         Website:
                         www.thurrock-community.org.uk/sericc




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                          WORCESTERSHIRE
Organisation                          Crossways 1 and 2
Contact details                       Telephone: 07974 746296

Organisation                             Worcestershire Domestic Violence
                                         Forum
Organisation‟s aim                       To tackle domestic violence
Contact details                          The Pines Bilford Road
                                         Worcester - Worcestershire
                                         WR3 8PU
                                         Telephone: 01905 752817
                                         Fax: 01905 752817
                                         Email: crichards@worcestershire.gov.uk
                                         Contact person: Claire Richards


                                     WALES
Organisation                             Welsh Women‟s Aid
Organisation‟s aim                       Welsh Women's Aid is the leading provider of
                                         services aimed specifically at helping
                                         vulnerable women and children who are
                                         experiencing domestic violence and abuse in
                                         Wales. Welsh Women's Aid is the national
                                         umbrella organisation with a membership of
                                         34 local Women's Aid Groups situated
                                         throughout Wales.
Contact details                          Cardiff National Office, 38-48 Crwys Road
                                         Cardiff




            LIST OF NATIONAL CHARITIES
This list includes some national charities and potential beneficiaries within the area
you are going to put your V-Day on. You might think about inviting them to your
event or make them your potential beneficiaries.




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WOMANKIND Worldwide

Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London, London, EC2A 4JX, England
Tel: 020 7549 0360




                        Women and Children in Africa (WACIA)

Willow House, Sandford View, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2TH, England
Tel: 01626 356635


                       Women Centre For Blackburn & District

25 Wellington Street, St Johns, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8AF, England
Tel: 01254 583032


                                    Women in Dialogue

PO Box 287, London, London, NW6 5QU, England
Tel: 020 7482 2496 Crossroads Women's Centre


                                     Women in Prison

Unit 3B Aberdeen Studios, 22 Highbury Grove, London, London, N5 2EA, England
Tel: 020 7226 5879


                                     Women Of Praise

c/o 155 Old Kent Road, London, London, SE1 5UT, England
Tel: 020 7394 1872


                        Women's Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

PO Box 83, Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4Y2, Scotland

Tel: 01382 201291 Helpline

                              Women's Sports Foundation

3rd Floor Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, London, WC1B 4SE, England
Tel: 020 7273 1740


                                Women's Support Project

31 Stockwell Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, G1 4RZ, Scotland
Tel: 0141 552 9979


                                   Women's Aid Harrow


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   PO Box 863, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 3DH, England
   Tel: 020 8357 0126




COMMITTEE TO AID ABUSED WOMEN
ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
1735 VASSAR ST
RENO , NV 89502

FAITHTRUST INSTITUTE
EDUCATION FOR PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE2
400 N 45TH ST STE 10
SEATTLE , WA 98103

Family Violence Prevention Fund
Stopping domestic violence by fighting discrimination against battered women and their children in
court, improving health care for battered women, and by educating the public.
Also Known As: FVPF
383 Rhode Island St Ste 304
San Francisco, CA 94103


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NCADV provides general information and referrals, community awareness campaigns, technical
assistance, public policy advocacy and sponsors a national conference every two years.

Also Known As: NCADV
PO Box 18749
Denver, CO 80218

                                       GENERAL INFORMATION
Contact:   Rita Smith, Executive Director
Telephone: (303) 839-1852
E-mail:    rsmith@ncadv.org

Partnership Against Domestic Violence




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Since 1975, PADV has worked to end domestic violence throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area.
We value safety and the effort to live violence-free.

Also Known As: PADV
P.O. Box 170225
Atlanta, GA 30317

                                       GENERAL INFORMATION
Contact:   Ms. Rainie Jueschke, Director of Development
Telephone: (404) 870-9600
Fax:       (404) 870-9611
E-mail:    rainie@padv.org
Web Site: www.padv.org




Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Inc AKA RAINN
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Also Known As: RAINN
2000 L St NW
Suite 406
Washington, DC 20036

                                      GENERAL INFORMATION
Contact:   Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Staff Assistant
Telephone: (202) 544-1034
Fax:       (202) 544-3556
E-mail:    info@rainn.org
Web Site: www.rainn.org

THE NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR THE DEFENSE OF BATTERED WOMEN
INFORMATION SERVICES & ADVOCACY
125 S 9TH ST STE 302
PHILADELPHIA , PA 19107




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          List of V-Day organisers chosen
          beneficiary organisations in 2006
Cambridge Rape Crisis: 755.86
Cambridge Women's Aid: 755.86
St Helens District Women's Aid: 1482.18
Lancaster District Women's Aid: 2885.85,
Bradford Women's Aid: 479.75
East Fife Women's Aide: 2680.35
Swansea Women's Aid: 1429.52
North Devon Women's Aid: 178.69
Women's Aid Federation of England: 2251.50
South Devon's Women's Aid: 530.71
Colchester Rape Crisis Line: 220.32
St. Jude's Women's Refuge: 82.82
STAR: 5956.47
Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service: 1702.92
Worst Kept Secret: 2460.56
Bedford's Women's Refuge: 1965.59
Lancaster University Student's Union Domestic Violence Fund: 1375.91
Women's Aid: 244.81
RAG: 44.67
Edinburgh Women's Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre (EWRASAC): 940.00
St. Andrews Organisation for Women's Support: 893.45
Refuge: 2049.65
Island Women's Refuge: 1769.75,
IW Domestic Violence Forum: 221.22
Kingston Women‟s Refuge: 2378.37
East Lancs Advocacy: 536.07
The Women's Centre: 553.94
Kingston Women‟s Refuge: 714.76
Hestia Housing & Support: 0.00
RBT Women‟s Foundation: 2501.66
Somerset Women‟s Refuges: 357.38
Womankind: 357.38
Safe at Last: 1172.21
Risky Business: 1172.21



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The Relationships Centre, Warrington: 456.91
Stoneham Women‟s Refuge: 759.43
Calderdale Women‟s Centre: 759.43
Kairos: 1372.34,
Assuit Burns Project: 686.17
Stonham Housing Association: 1786.90
Gateway Refuge, Bromsgrove: 893.45
Funny Women (8/3/06): £13,000 for Forward, Greater London Domestic Violence Project
International Planned Parenthood Federation, Newham Asian Women‟s Project, Refuge, Southall
Black Sisters, South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre, Until The Violence Stops and Women‟s
Aid Federation of England.


We would like to encourage you to choose local beneficiaries, or the local branch o f a national
charity. It is important that the money raised by V-Day from ticket sales and any other events go to
a charity helping to prevent or stop violence against women and children.




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                           BENEFICIARIES- TIPS

Tip: Call or write to potential beneficiaries to explain V-Day‟s mission and its emphasis on supporting
organizations like theirs. Explain your role and goals as a Campaign organizer and how and why you would
like to include them in your V-Day plans. A “beneficiary invitation letter” template is available at the V-Spot
for your use. Follow up with an in-person meeting (or get on the agenda of their next Board meeting). Bring
V-Day materials with you. (If you have done a V-Day event in the past, bring that information - photos,
amount raised, etc. Create a Press Kit from the press information provided at the V-Spot.) The key to
working with beneficiaries is to give them as much information about V-Day as possible and let THEM decide
that they want to be part of the worldwide movement.

Most organizations will be thrilled to learn that they are among your selected beneficiaries but some might be
skeptical, unenthusiastic or hesitant. Don‟t be put off by unexpected reactions: Some organizations might
desperately need the financial support and the exposure that your event would give them but decline to
participate for reasons that they might not be able to make clear to you or that might not make sense.
Understand that all organizations have to report to a Board of Directors and many must receive approval
from their Board before they can participate in an event like V-Day. If a group you approach is squeamish
about "vaginas," there will be others that won‟t be. Most organizations working to stop violence against
women struggle for funding and will be grateful for your support.

Tip: It‟s helpful if you really know what your potential beneficiaries do; it shows your genuine respect for their
work. One organizer went through her beneficiary‟s volunteer training program to learn more about them.
Then she worked on the DV/rape crisis hotline as a volunteer.

Tip: As soon as you determine who you would like your beneficiaries to be, be sure to let them know and get
their agreement to be part of the event.

Tip: Decide early on how you expect your beneficiaries to participate in your production - e.g. provide
volunteers, act as fiscal agent, take reservations, provide you with their mailing lists, help you get sponsors,
help promote the event, sell tickets to their donor base and clients, etc. – and communicate these
expectations to them. Put your arrangement with each of your beneficiaries in writing so that the division of
responsibilities is clear to everyone involved.

Tip: You might want to meet regularly with your beneficiaries to discuss the progress of your production.
This will make them feel included in your event and inspire their assistance.

Tip: Get letters of support from your beneficiaries. This will help when approaching sponsors – or anyone
else whose support you seek.

Tip: Have your beneficiaries display information about their organizations in your venue lobby during your
events. Representatives from the organizations can also be invited to help facilitate post-performance
discussions and be available to counsel people who might need some additional support in the moment.


Tip: You might invite a representative from each of your beneficiary organizations to give a short speech at
your performance to let the audience know how their money will be used. Include information about your
beneficiaries in your press releases, publicity and performance program.




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SAMPLE INVITATION LETTER TO BENEFICIARIES


(your city/college name)

Tip: Don‟t forget to include information about V-Day along with your letter.
BENEFICIARY NAME
ADDRESS

DATE


Dear

(Your city/college) is proud to be a participant in the V-Day 2007 Worldwide/College
Campaign. We have been granted the rights for a V-Day benefit production of Eve
Ensler‟s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” to raise money and awareness for
local organizations that work to stop violence against women and girls.
In 2006, V-Day happened in over 1100 venues around the world, with 2500 performances of “The Vagina
Monologues.” In 2007 (your city/college) will be one of thousands of events around the world channelling
their creative energy into making a difference as part of the V-Day Worldwide/College Campaign. It is our
intention to make V-Day 2007 (your city/college) a huge success. And we want your organization to benefit
from our efforts.

Part of what makes this event so special is the opportunities it offers to organizations like yours - to
participate in this global movement, to celebrate and honour the women and girls in our community, to
educate our community about your important work, to be part of a collective voice, a voice that refuses to be
ignored, a voice that says NO to violence against women and girls.

We will be donating all profits from our event to local organizations working to stop violence against women
and girls and we want yours to be one of them. But we want to do more than just give you money; we want
to include you in our event in as many ways as you want to be involved, from speaking to us and our
audience about your work, to having an information table at our event, to helping us plan, to inviting your
staff and supporters to attend our event, and so much more. There is so much that we can do together!

In addition to receiving money from our event, as a beneficiary of V-Day 2007 (your city/college), your
organization‟s name will appear in our promotional and publicity materials and in our performance program.

We look forward to collaborating with you on this extraordinary celebration of women and girls and making
this an event that makes a difference.


Sincerely

(your name)
Organizer, V-Day 2007 (your city/college)
Your phone number
Your email address




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  THE V-Day Spotlight for 2007: Clarifying
              the V- Spot
SPOTLIGHT
   The V-Day Spotlight 2007 is focused on WOMEN IN CONFLICT ZONES. The Spotlight‟s main
   aim is to ensure that wartime sexual violence remains in the public eye and media and raise
   awareness as well as funds to aid the groups of women in need affected by violence because
   of conflict.

   YOU CAN donate 10% of the proceeds from your V-Day production to the V-Spot focus and
   educate your community/ college about this issue

   Suggestions for education: you can put on exhibition, design a workshop or create an
   evening full of discussion etc. for those you can use the materials provided on V-Spot
   in the Spotlight section (not out yet but coming)

   YOU DO NOT have to donate any of your raised funds to the V-Spotlight, it is all ENTIRELY
   UP TO YOU and the donation is PURELY OPTIONAL so is the educational part




                                    V-spot


The V-Spot is the digital home for those involved in organizing local V-Day College and Worldwide
Campaigns. The V-Spot provides V-Day organizers and their team with the tools they need to
manage their events and communicate with those working on other productions so that they may
collectively work to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

                     Following is a recap of the V-Day Spotlights to date:

                     V-Day 2002: Afghanistan Is Everywhere
                     V-Day 2003: Native American and First Nations Women
                     V-Day 2004: Missing and Murdered Women In Juarez, Mexico
                     V-Day 2005: Women Of Iraq, Under Siege
                     V-Day 2006: Justice to 'Comfort Women'
                     V-Day 2007: Women In Conflict Zones




             http://www.vday.org/contents/vcampaigns/spotlight




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            PRACTICAL SIDE OF THE VAGINA
                   MONOLOGUES
College Campaign

Once you have decided to perform The Vagina Monologues, you have to sign-up to participate in
the V-Day College Campaign. In order to do so and to be able to perform the play you have to
follow up certain rules. This is just a short summary of the V-Day guidelines, for the whole text
please go on http://www.vday.org/contents/vcampaigns/college/guidelines

      Your College campaign production MUST take place between February 1st and March 8th
       2007
      Your College campaign MUST take place in ON-CAMPUS venues and MUST be primarily
       STUDENT-RUN, STUDENT-ACTED and STUDENT-DIRECTED and any other people who
       are involved MUST be drawn form the ON-CAMPUS POPULATION – not the broader
       community
      ONLY ONE person form each College Campaign production can be the official organizer
       for the College Campaign
      Under NO circumstances may any person or college present a V-Day production of The
       Vagina Monologues WITHOUT being part of the College Campaign and WITHOUT explicit
       permission from the Director of the College Campaign
      You may do UP to 3 performances of The Vagina Monologues for your College Campaign
       benefit production, but NO MORE! There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule
      Your College campaign MUST be NO PROFITABLE! Performers should not be paid for
       their participation in any College Campaign Production. The ONLY people who can be
       compensated for their work are TECHNICAL STAFF who belong to a Union, or
       independently hired Production Managers or Directors
      You MUST SELL TICKETS to your College Campaign Production
      MEN are invited to participate in College Campaign productions but NOT as ACTORS
      You MUST INVOLVE EVERY SINGLE PERSON who seeks to be involved
      You MUST USE the SCRIPT of The Vagina Monologues that will be made available to you,
       DO NOT USE THE BOOK of the play or versions of the SCRIPT from PREVIOUS College
       Campaigns, you may NOT EDIT any introductions or monologues, you may NOT
       EXCLUDE or change the order of any of the monologues, you may NOT USE EXCERPTS
       of the play in advertising or preliminary events
      You MUST FILL OUT an online Follow-up Report within 30 days of completion of your V-
       Day Campaign production
      ALL the MONEY you are going to raise should GO to the LOCAL NON-PROFIT
       ORGANIZATIONS in your area, which you have to choose. You should select NO MORE
       than 2 or 3 beneficiaries, depending upon the size of your production; even just 1
       beneficiary is fine. Beneficiaries should be organizations in your community that are already
       working to stop violence against women and girls or are providing direct aid to victims. You
       should focus on beneficiaries who prevent and end the violence on women, while the
       prevention is on the first place so try to select beneficiaries whose work involves violence
       prevention.
      Your beneficiaries MUST BE REGISTERED CHARITIES so BEFORE you begin publicizing
       your event, you should work with your fiscal sponsor to be sure that your selected
       beneficiaries are qualified to receive funds


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      You also have to make sure that you always include the V-Day message, which is to stop
       violence against women and girls into your College Campaign Production and in order to do
       so, you have to ensure that you use the trademarks CORRECTLY and ONLY for the
       purposes of producing, publicizing and performing your College Campaign event. The
       trademarks are: “V-Day”, “Until the Violence Stops” and “Vagina Warrior”. If you are about t
       use those in any of your College Campaign materials including letterheads, fliers, posters,
       brochures, programs, products, T-shirts or other items, you have to make sure that the
       SPELLING is CORRECT as well as IDENTIFYING your V-Day event or USE OF THE
       OFFICIAL V-DAY LOGO.

SPELLING:
       “V-Day” or “V-DAY” (all capital letters may be used when the rest of the sentence or
        subject employs all capital letters)
       “The Vagina Monologues”

IDENTIFICATION:
When your school identifies itself on any written and digital material, your name should be: “V-Day
plus the name of your school and the year” for instance: “V-Day Brown University 2007”. You also
need to refer to you V-Day Campaign Event as a “benefit production / performance” and specify
the Campaign that it is part of the V-Day 2007 College Campaign, for example: “V-Day Brown
University 2007, a benefit production of Eve Ensler‟s „The Vagina Monologues‟ as a part of the V-
Day 2007 College Campaign.”

LOGO:
You have to USE JUST AND ONLY THE OFFICIAL V-DAY LOGO, which you may download from
V-Day web site at www.vday.org/logos. You may NOT use “The Vagina Monologues” logo or any
other version of V-Day‟s logos from previous years on any of your material. You may create your
own logo, but you MUST INCLUDE V-Day‟s official logo and tagline (“Until the Violence Stops”),
you can add the name of your school, date of the event etc, but you are NOT PERMITTED to
create a local V-Day.

   For more details please see V-Spot, section Organizer‟s Kit, link Press, Publicity & Promotional

      You have to include information about how people in your community can purchase tickets
       and attend your event in all your publicity. You might also include the official V-Day web site
       (www.vday.org) or if you create your own web site for you College Campaign Event, make
       sure to include it in the event information section in your V-Day online account at the V-
       Spot as this will allow us to send people your way




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            PRACTICAL SIDE OF THE VAGINA
                   MONOLOGUES
Worldwide Campaign

Once you have decided to perform The Vagina Monologues, you have to sign-up to participate in
the V-Day Worldwide Campaign. In order to do so and to be able to perform the play you have to
follow up certain rules. This is just a short summary of the V-Day guidelines, for the whole text
please go on
http://www.vday.org/contents/vcampaigns/world/guidelines

      Your Worldwide Campaign production MUST take place between February 1st and March
       8th 2007
      Your Worldwide Campaign MUST be done in venues that are NOT on college campuses
      ONLY ONE person from each Worldwide Campaign production can be the official organizer
       for the Worldwide Campaign
      Under NO circumstances may any person, city, community theatre group or organization
       present a V-Day production of The Vagina Monologues WITHOUT being part of the
       Worldwide Campaign and WITHOUT explicit permission from the Director of the Worldwide
       Campaign
      You may do UP to 2 performances of The Vagina Monologues for your Worldwide
       Campaign benefit production NO MORE! There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule
      Your Worldwide Campaign MUST be NONPROFITABLE! Performers should not be paid for
       their participation in any Worldwide Campaign Production. The ONLY people who can be
       compensated for their work are TECHNICAL STAFF who belong to a Union, or
       independently hired Production Managers or Directors. The rest of your proceeds MUST go
       to organizations or programs in your community whose work is SPECIFICALLY geared
       toward stopping violence against women and girls. We encourage you to support more than
       one.
      Your beneficiaries MUST BE REGISTERED CHARITIES so BEFORE you begin publicizing
       your event, you should work with your fiscal sponsor to be sure that your selected
       beneficiaries are qualified to receive funds
      You MUST SELL TICKETS to your Worldwide Campaign Production
      MEN are invited to participate in Worldwide Campaign productions but NOT as ACTORS
      You MUST INVOLVE EVERY SINGLE PERSON who seeks to be involved
      You MUST USE the SCRIPT of The Vagina Monologues that will be made available to you,
       DO NOT USE THE BOOK of the play or versions of the SCRIPT from PREVIOUS
       Worldwide Campaigns, you may NOT EDIT any introductions or monologues, you may
       NOT EXCLUDE or change the order of any of the monologues, you may NOT USE
       EXCERPTS of the play in advertising or preliminary events
      If your Worldwide Campaign production is performed in a language other than English, you
       MUST get the translated script form V-Day and you MUST acknowledge the translator of
       your script in your production program
      You MUST FILL OUT an online Follow-up Report within 30 days of completion of your V-
       Day Campaign production
      You also have to make sure that you always include the V-Day message, which is to stop
       violence against women and girls into your Worldwide Campaign Production and in order to
       do so, you have to ensure that you use the trademarks CORRECTLY and ONLY for the

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       purposes of producing, publicizing and performing your Worldwide Campaign event. The
       trademarks are: “V-Day”, “Until the Violence Stops” and “Vagina Warrior”. If you are about
       to use those in any of your Worldwide Campaign materials including letterheads, fliers,
       posters, brochures, programs, products, T-shirts or other items, you have to make sure that
       the SPELLING is CORRECT as well as IDENTIFYING your V-Day event or USE OF THE
       OFFICIAL V-DAY LOGO

SPELLING:
       “V-Day” or “V-DAY” (all capital letters may be used when the rest of the sentence or
        subject employs all capital letters)
       “The Vagina Monologues”

IDENTIFICATION:
When your Community identifies itself on any written and digital material, your name should be: “V-
Day plus the name of your community and the year” for instance: “V-Day Manchester 2007”. You
also need to refer to you V-Day Campaign Event as a “benefit production / performance” and
specify the Campaign that it is part of the V-Day 2007 Worldwide Campaign, for example: “V-Day
Brown Manchester 2007, a benefit production of Eve Ensler‟s „The Vagina Monologues‟ as a part
of the V-Day 2007 Worldwide Campaign.”

LOGO:
You have to USE JUST AND ONLY THE OFFICIAL V-DAY LOGO, which you may download from
V-Day web site at www.vday.org/logos. You may NOT use “The Vagina Monologues” logo or any
other version of V-Day‟s logos from previous years on any of your material. You may create your
own logo, but you MUST INCLUDE V-Day‟s official logo and tagline (“Until the Violence Stops”),
you can add the name of your school, date of the event etc, but you are NOT PERMITTED to
create a local V-Day.

   For more details please see V-Spot, section Organizer‟s Kit, link Press, Publicity & Promotional

      You have to include information about how people in your community can purchase tickets
       and attend your event in all your publicity. You might also include the official V-Day web site
       (www.vday.org) or if you create your own web site for you Worldwide Campaign Event,
       make sure to include it in the event information section in your V-Day online account at the
       V-Spot as this will allow us to send people your way




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     GLOBAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:
                THE FACTS
Violence against women is a huge issue. At least one in every three women, or up to billion
women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Usually the
abuser is a member of her own family or someone known to her.1

Violence against women includes:

         domestic violence,
          trafficking,
         sexual violence like rape or harmful practises such as: female genital mutilation,
          female infanticide, honour killings, dowry deaths and bride burnings.

All around the world millions of women suffer different levels of this violence every day. They get
beaten or raped in their homes, in many cases by their former partner, they are sold and bought as
„toys‟, and they are forced to work as prostitutes. Women in many countries are systematically
discriminated against, for example, by not having control over their own body. They may often be
forced to marry a man they do not love or desire and forced to have sex with them. This inequality
is shocking and that is why you have been introduced to V-Day, the very important movement
which is there to prevent and stop this violence from happening. V-Day's main aim is to raise
awareness and much needed funds for local charities all around the world, which provides that
service.

Violence against women happens everywhere, all around the world, and can happen to any
woman. Examples of the different forms this violence can take follow.

Domestic Violence: Although women do commit domestic violence against men, violence against
women is much more prevalent. The reality is that:

         According to the British Crime Survey (2005/06), there were an estimated 635,000
          incidents of domestic violence in England and Wsles with 70 % of the victims women and
          30 % men.

Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM) or so called 'female circumcision' is an act of violence committed on women involving partial
or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether
for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons.The most common type of female genital
mutilation is excision of the clitoris and the labia minora, accounting for up to 80% of all cases; the
most extreme form is infibulation, which constitutes about 15% of all procedures.

         “More than 135 million girls and women have undergone FGM and an additional 2
          million girls and women are at risk each year, which means 6000 every day. 2

FGM is currently illegal in most of countries around the world yet it is still widely practiced. For instance, the
British Medical Association says it believes 3,000 are circumcised every year in Britain, although the practice
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is outlawed under the Female Circumcision Act 1985.


1
    Source: (E, L Heise, M Ellsberg, M   Gottemoeller, 1999) (1)
2
    Source: (A UN Special Reporter on    Violence Against Women, 2002)

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Female Infanticide
This is as defined by UNICEF as the abortion of a foetus because it is female or the killing of an
infant by a relative because it is female. Infanticide has been practiced as a brutal method of family
planning in societies where boy children are still valued, economically and socially, above girls.
Medical testing for sex selection, though officially outlawed, has become a booming business in
China, India and the Republic of Korea. And also statistics show us so:

          “More than 60 million women are „missing‟ from the world today as a result of sex-
           selective abortions and female infanticide”4

There are also so called 'honour killings', dowry deaths and bride burnings,
which are part of different cultural and religion traditions in many countries. 'Honour killing' as
defined by UNICEF is an ancient practice in which men kill female relatives in the name of family
'honor' for forced or suspected sexual activity outside marriage, even when they have been victims
of rape. Reports indicate that offenders are often under 18 and that in their communities they are
sometimes treated as heroes.

According to the statistics there are around 1000 women killed in Pakistan every year in the
name of so-called “honour”. 5 These killings have been also reported Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon,
Egypt, the Gaza strip and West Bank.

The dowry deaths and bride burning as defined by UNICEF are 'murders' of women often engineer
by their husbands as an “accident” (frequently the bursting of a kitchen stove) when they feel the
obligatory marriage dowry (gifts from in-laws) is not enough. As statistics show in India, it is
estimated that more than 5,000 women are killed each year because their in-laws consider
their dowries inadequate. A tiny percentage of their murderers are brought to justice.

Trafficking of women and girls involves forced prostitution and using the female body
as a profit-making commodity.

 “Between 200,000-300,000 women are trafficked to Europe every year”.6 It is even happening
around the corner from us, shall we say. “In London, Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin,
Chinese Triads keep 10 women in each house; they are only allowed out with a minder.“ 7
and what's more “100 women were trafficked for prostitution from remote villages in Brazil to
London over a 5-year period. The women were held under debt bondage. The trafficker
made £5 million profit.“8

This is a story of trafficked Moldovian woman :” (One trafficker) took me to a bar in Belgrade, and I
danced. Another guy asked me to work for him, and he bought me. I stayed there for a little while. I
was sold two more times, and they took me to Bijeljina. I lived at home with the [owner's] wife and
kids for one week. One guy [name withheld] came with a friend and he bought me.... I was locked in. I
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told him that I wanted to go home and he said that I had to pay off a debt [her purchase price].



3
    Source: (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/212240.stm Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Published at 13:27 GMT )

4
    Source: (Amnesty; www.amnesty.org)

5
  Source: (A, UN Special Reporter on Violence Against Women, 2002)
6
  Source: Human Rights Watch, 2004)
7
  Source: (European Race Audit Bulletin No. 25, Institute of Race Relations, London UK. 25 November 1997)
8
  Source: (Superintendent Michael Hoskins "Trafficking in Women for Sexual Exploitation: Assessment of the Current Threat
Within Central London" Metropolitan Police Service, June 1996)
9
  Source: (Human Rights Watch interview, E.E., Sarajevo, April 10, 2001.)

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Sexual Violence & Rape
           It is a sad fact that “one in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her
            lifetime.”10 and that for instance “in South Africa 147 women are raped every day.”11

Sexual violence committed on women is sometimes understood as just an act of rape, however
sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without the
explicit consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. Perpetrators of this sexual assault
can be strangers, friends, acquaintances, or family members.12

As Nada 'Umar (pseudonym), 30 said to Human Rights Watch: My problem started with my family.
When I was 12, my brother attacked me, attacked me sexually…My brother was 24. He‟d hit
me. Everyone in my family knew. My father died when I was small, so there was no one to
protect me. My brother would even hit my mother. I didn‟t report it since there was no one
to protect me. I couldn‟t tell the police. I was not allowed to even leave the house. I met a
young man in 2002, and I loved him. We got engaged. I told him that my brother attacked
me. I couldn‟t hide it from him. He said “no problem, I‟ll pretend you‟re a divorcee.” But
during the engagement, he started to treat me badly. He said that if I don‟t sleep with him,
he‟ll tell my family that I had sex not with my brother but with other people. After that, we
had sex and I became pregnant.13

Sexual violence, rape in particular can be also used as a weapon of war and genocide in many
conflicts in every region of the world. There is an example from Republic of Congo.(Rwanda troops
enters the afterwards established Republic of Congo in1996 the war conflict officialy ended in
2003, but there were still claims about ongoing rape from 2004)

'Léonie W., a middle-aged woman from Minova, a small town on the road from Goma to Bukavu,
described the abuses against her nieces at the end of May: 'My older sister was killed in the
crossfire. Her three daughters were raped in the field, they were thirteen, fourteen, and
eighteen-years-old. The thirteen-year-old died. Four men raped her. They had spread her
arms and legs and held her down. I had been with her but hid in a banana tree and watched
what happened. Afterward she started to vomit blood, we brought her to Kirotshe hospital
and she died two days later. We have $18 debt at the hospital but don‟t know how to pay it.
The other two were brought to Bunia by the church for medical care. They had been raped
elsewhere; when they came home they had already been raped.'14




           It seems terrifying but the fact is that women are more likely to
            experience violence from someone they know and the majority of
            violent acts happen in the own home.




10
   Source: (A, WHO 1997)
11
   Source: (South African Institute for Race Relations 2003)
12
   Source: (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN))
13
   Source: http://hrw.org/reports/2006/opt1106/5.htm#_Toc148851344)
14
     Source: http://hrw.org/reports/2005/drc0305/4.htm#_Toc96844249

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        Domestic violence does indeed include violent acts such as rape. To be more precise as
         domestic violence is officially defined as:

 “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual,
financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members,
regardless of gender or sexuality." This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic
(BME) communities such as so called 'honour killings'.”15

      Just consider that “one incident of domestic violence is
       reported to the police every minute.”and that “On average
       two women per week are killed by a male partner or
       former partner.”16
There are few stories from women who suffered domestic violence and survived it. Lets start with
the story from Lesley, a survivor of domestic abuse who comes from the United Kingdom.

„„I'd been with Nick for about two years and he had been quite controlling in his attitude
towards me, but never violent. I don't know how this happened. It was probably over
something quite trivial, but one time he started punching and kicking me. I fell onto the floor
and he carried on punching and kicking me, up and down my spine. By the time he was
violent, I lost the ability to think independently and logically. His behavior before that had
been one of chipping away at my self esteem. I was more aware of how he was feeling than
of how I was feeling. I really believed that I would never escape alive. I had commitment, I
loved this man and I always thought I was bigger than this. He would never say, "yes, I
behaved badly" or "yes, I am violent." I started to understand what people call the slow
burn, when women murder their partners. I thought if he wasn't here I could escape and I
started to fantasize about killing him."17

Another story is told by an anonymous woman from Asia. „„ I have no family in the City where I
live. I have five kids, three of them his. I spent six years being tortured physically and
emotionally. You can become hardened to the beatings the strangling and rape, the
cruelty... I remember once sitting in the bath while he dangled a plugged-in extention lead
an inch from my bath water, and his laughing when he saw my urine stain the watre yellow.
He robbed me of my dignity so many times I lost count. I believed I was fat, ugly and
undeserning of anyone‟s love, even my kids". 18


This is the reality and it‟s happening right now to far too many women all over the world.
Join the fight to stop violence against women and take action to help prevent any more
women from experiencing this.



15
   Source: http://www.crimereduction.gov.uk/dv/dv01.htm
16
   Source: (http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/domestic_violence/key_facts.htm 09/2004)
17
   Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1456_violence_abused/page7.shtml
18
   Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1456_violence_abused/page2.shtml




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                                 CONTACTS
For more resources about violence against women and girls and links to organisations, go to our
                                website at www.tender.org.uk

  Specifically for V-Day Links go to our V-Day website where we have organised links into the
                                        following sections:

                                         Violence
                                 Counselling & Emergency
                           Feminist & Human Rights Organisations
                                        Government
                                          V-Day

                                  ALL @ www.vdayuk.org




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