Leadership Alliances Work to End Violence Against Women and Gather in NY for Eve Ensler's V-day Gala
The Vagina Monologues opened to a sold out crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Gardens on Feburary 18th. The event featured actors and musicians, including Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Claire Danes, and Queen Latifah. As part of the V-day festivities, Oprah Winfrey performed Enslerís tribute to Afghan women, entitled Under the Burqa. Ensler wrote the piece after visiting Afghanistan 8 months ago. During the evening, thousands of people signed petitions for the Feminist Majorityís Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan.
Special thanks to the Leadership Alliance students and other activists from AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SUNY STONY BROOK, RUTGERS, and the UNIVERSITY ILLINOIS CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, who volunteered with the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Congratulations to Angela Caswell and the U OF DELAWARE Leadership Alliance for being nominated in the V-Day Gathering Stop-Rape Contest. Their action plan involved the creation of a 24 Hour Stop-Rape Shuttle. Caswell presented the action plan during the V-Day Gathering in front of a large audience of leading politicians, media personnel, philanthropists, and policy makers! Great work!
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