Students participate in V-Day

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One in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

While many were focused on Valentines Day chocolates, during the lunch hour of Feb. 14, the women of the Center for Gender Equity had their sights set on raising awareness.

V-Day, or Victory Day, is a movement started by Eve Ensler 15 years ago to push efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

“V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls,” states the website elaborating goals which include ending “rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.”

Following the empowering spirit of The Vagina Monologues play, the women of CGE planned a V-Day flash mob. They wrote facts and statistics, mild to horrific, on large pieces of cardboard. Female students carried them around the University Center during lunch.

The movements’ goal was to have one billion women and those who care about them stand up against violence, dance and demand that there be an end to violence against women.

With giant banners still hung from various buildings on campus and the completion of the flash mob on V-Day, CGE said the hope is to keep people aware and conscientious of injustices. These injustices happen more often than students have thought before V-Day.


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