Thursday, February 14, 2013
Poster of the Week
February 14, 2013
Halte aux Violences Domestiques
Geoffroy de Boismenu
Offset, circa 2007
Stop Domestic Violence
Violence against women is a universal sport.
Valentine’s Day, February 14, has long been used to evoke expressions of love—while simultaneously stimulating the economy —with the exchange of cards, flowers, candy and candlelit dinners. But the romantic veneer of the one day a year called Valentine’s Day overlooks the more brutal reality of daily domestic violence. But violence against women is an international epidemic, and the perpetrators are family, friends and strangers.
From Valentine’s Day to V-Day
February 14, 2013, is also the 15th anniversary of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day was founded in 1998 by author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler, whose acclaimed 1996 The Vagina Monologues is credited with inspiring the formation of V-Day. V-Day generates broad attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
V-Day is now celebrated all over the world—in 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. In conjunction with the 15th anniversary, V-Day launched its most ambitious campaign to date—ONE BILLION RISING.
The V-Day website explains the campaign: “The concept of the campaign is simple. If you take into account the statistic that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, you are left with the staggering statistic that over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.”