My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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V-Day 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, V-Day began with a massive Madison Square Garden production of “The Vagina Monologues.” As a non-profit, the goal of V-Day was to work with artists and activists everywhere towards a goal of ending violence against women and girls everywhere. Ten years ago, I got involved with V-Day. I was one of the first college organizers. I met Eve Ensler in the fall of 1998 and produced Brown University’s production of TVM in February 1999. I continued on to produce another production in February 2000, along with a Tracy Chapman concert (the one that cost me on-time graduation).

Y’all know me. I couldn’t just do my own production… I ended up working to build networks of all of the college students doing productions. I created mailing lists for people who had never been on mailing lists. I began building an online community, volunteering long hours to make sure that people could share information and experiences. This was before most folks had bought into the Internet. After three years of volunteering, I worked full-time for 1.5 years to build out an intranet and online community for organizers around the world. Since then, I’ve gone back to volunteering, mostly so I could focus on my research.

V-Day is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a large-scale production of “The Vagina Monologues” and various accompanying events. These will take place April 11-12 in New Orleans. Those involved in the events include Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Orpah Winfrey, Calpernia Addams, Faith Hill, Salma Hayek, Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, and many others. It will be an unbelievable and unforgettable event. And it is absolutely amazing to think of how much has been done in the last 10 years. Hell, at the very least, I expect that most of you have at least heard of “The Vagina Monologues.” Did you know that every single production donates its proceeds to ending violence against women and girls?

If you are unable to attend the celebration, can I ask you to consider donating to V-Day? What we do with that money is pretty radical and life-changing. TVM productions raise money for their local projects – domestic violence shelters, anti-rape education in local schools, etc. The money donated to the organization directly is used for large-scale projects. We helped get women from Afghanistan to Germany so that women would be included in the Constitution. We funded the creation of a school in Kenya for girls who chose to run away from home rather than go under the knife. We’ve funded safe houses on the Pine Ridge Reservation and in Cairo. We’ve run educational, media, and PSA campaigns working to change the state of things. While we’ve done some amazing things, there are still so many more things to do. We can change the world, but we need your help.

V-Day has been one of the most important things that I’ve done. I cannot say enough nice things about the organization, the people, or the energy. I also cannot believe that it’s been ten years. Congratulations V-Day!

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3 comments to V-Day 10th Anniversary

  • Thank you for you. Keep on.

  • Thank you for this. V-Day is an incredible movement.

  • I saw the Vagina Monologues in Stockholm, Sweden, and was blown away by its power. Me, myself, an active feminist politician in Sweden, was profoundly inspired by the message! Terrafem (www.terrafem.org), a national organisation for migrant women’s rights in Sweden, operating a helpline, several women’s shelters inter alia, got the award this year in Stockholm, namely a majority of the proceeds from the tickets sold. I’m extra proud as I’m vice president for this organisation. Thank you for helping to bring it alive!