Students Active for Feminism and Equality will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special screening of a documentary aimed at helping women be safe.
“Until the Violence Stops” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Room S102 of MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building. Admission is a $5 donation to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.
The 2003 movie documents how “The Vagina Monologues” sparked the creation of V-Day, a nonprofit organization that donates funds to groups all over the world in a campaign to stop violence against women and girls.
“The Vagina Monologues,” a series of candid speeches by women about sexual topics, including sexual violence, was first performed off-Broadway in 1996. Since then, playwright Eve Ensler’s work has been produced all over the world.
Now in its 15th year, V-Day has raised more than $90 million, according to www.vday.org. It was named one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities” in 2001 and one of Marie Claire magazine’s Top Ten Charities in 2006. In 2010, www.greatnonprofits.org cited V-Day as one of its top-rated organizations.
The MTSU Dance Department will add action to activism with a dance performance to “Break the Chain,” the anthem of V-Day’s “One Billion Rising” campaign against violence to women and girls.
Dance Lecturer Madia Cooper of the Department of Speech and Theatre calls the performance a “flash mob,” which will take place in front of the Keathley Univerity Center at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.
— Gina K. Logue (email@example.com)