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Press Release for Tuesday, February 4, 2014

V-Day Raises Awareness and Funds for Local Anti-Violence Groups

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

V-Day means more than roses at the University of North Florida, which strives to offer balanced education for students, including opportunities to learn about ways to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Through the global V-Day movement, founded by Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues,” communities and colleges, like UNF, produce annual benefit performances to raise awareness and funds for local anti-violence groups.

The annual benefit performance of Ensler’s 1994 seminal work will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theatre, Building 14A, on the UNF campus. Admission is $10 for students with a valid ID and $20 for the general public, with proceeds benefiting the UNF Women’s Center and local women’s organizations via the global V-Day campaign.

To raise more awareness within the UNF community, students, faculty and staff will participate in a two-hour global dance against injustice called “One Billion Rising” Friday, Feb. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballrooms, Building 58W, Room 3703.

“Beginning at noon, men and women at UNF will rise for justice with men and women from more than 200 countries,” said India Powell, UNF Women’s Center events coordinator. The campaign recognizes that violence against women cannot be stopped without first examining the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment and patriarchy.

One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. V-Day events have existed since 1998, when a group of women organized the first charity event under a 501(c)(3) at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

For more than 20 years, the UNF Women’s Center has been a vital hub of learning and advocacy for the UNF community. It provides emergency loans, victim advocacy services, rape awareness education, information and referrals on a variety of women’s issues, in addition to hosting performances, lectures and events each year.

For tickets and information, visit the online box office or call the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.