Media Release: Vagina calendar raising funds protest against violence towards women and girls

Media Release: 26 November 2012

Vagina calendar raising funds for protest against violence towards women and girls

Toni Childs and One Billion Rising (V-Day) event organisers in Melbourne, Australia, in cooperation with the 101 Vagina Project, have released a 2013 Vagina Calendar to raise funds for a unique kind of protest.

On February 14, 2013 people around the globe will rise up and dance their protest against violence towards women and girls. We are inviting you to join the global campaign. Spearheaded by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, One Billion Rising has created a platform for women and men around the world to be seen and heard as they protest the reality that 1 in 3 women will suffer violence and exploitation in their lifetime (http://onebillionrising.org).

Toni Childs, three-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Emmy Winner, and long time advocate of women’s empowerment: “I am excited about coming together as a Nation to honor the women of Australia! It is time to heal and evolve and affirm that we as a Nation can create a violence free society! I believe in us, and I believe in the power and the deep wisdom that lives inside each one of us. I believe in the power to heal what has been broken in us, and to stop the ancestral cycles of abuse that we live with. We’re at the point of change… The cycle stops with each and every one of us!”

Coming out and standing up is a declaration and a resonance that ripples through us, our personal relationships, our society and the world! Valentines Day 2013 is about making the plausible possible… !!”

The event is to be held at Federation Square for maximum visibility, thereby challenging the invisibility of this issue.

One Billion Rising Melbourne even page: http://onebillionrising.org/page/event/detail/startarising/wrr8
One Billion Rising Melbourne Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingMelbourne

Dr Lauren Woodman, who also organises the Seven Sisters Festival feels that: “One Billion Rising is such a beautiful, empowering concept, we felt inspired by it’s vision and wish to support this global celebratory protest. We would love to shake the ground with Melbourne’s support of this issue by shaking, stomping & dancing ‘No’ to violence against women.”

The calendar itself will consist of 12 black and white photos from the upcoming 101 Vagina coffee-table book. Each image is accompanied by a message, from each woman, about her vagina.

101 Vagina was inspired by The Vagina Monologues out of which the V-Day Foundation and One Billion Rising sprang. It’s about breaking down the taboos around vaginas in particular and body image shame in general. It’s also about celebrating diverse bodies and raising funds for charity (http://101vagina.com).

Philip Werner, creator of the 101 Vagina project and organiser of Melbourne’s recent peace march in honour or Jill Meagher, says: “Sexual repression and sexual abuse are directly related and the taboos around our bodies and genitalia contribute to this repression. We enter the world through the vagina at conception and at birth. Vaginas are sacred, this taboo must end.”

Jenna Price, one of the women behind the Destroy the Joint movement, which the organisers wholeheartedly support, interviewed Werner for this Fairfax Media article: http://goo.gl/zWyiT

Federation Square charge $20,000 to provide all the necessary infrastructure and services for the event.

$10 from the sale of every calendar will go towards the One Billion Rising event and corporate sponsors are also being sought to meet event costs.

One Billion Rising Melbourne organisers:
– Toni Childs (Emmy award winning singer/songwriter)
– Tamar Spatz (Teacher & women’s rights activist)
– Dr Lauren Woodman (Seven Sisters Festival event organiser)
– Dr Caroline Lambert (Women’s human rights advocate)
– Philip Werner (Photographer, 101 Vagina project)

Contact: onebillionrisingmelbourne@gmail.com

Purchase the 2013 Vagina Calendar here:
http://101vagina.com/calendar

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