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V-DAY Movement Against Violence to Convene at LIU Post

Global Movement to End Violence Against Women Holds Event this Thursday


Marcia Harrington,Director of Public Relations

VDAYPsychology Students for Social Responsibility (PsySR) of the Clinical Doctoral Program at LIU Post will host V-DAY, an event that is part of an international movement called One Billion Rising to end violence against women and girls, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 13. The V-DAY movement was founded 16 years ago by playwright and author Eve Ensler.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room with an introduction by Drs. Robert Kiesner and Eva Feindler. Morning sessions will include documentaries and presentations about sexual violence against the LGBT-Q community, masculinity, protective factors, victimization vs. survivorhood, and family violence.

A march from Hillwood Commons to the Great Hall will begin at 1 p.m. Afternoon sessions will include readings from A Memory, A Monologue: A Rant and a Prayer, interactive workshops, celebratory hoop dancing, and traditional Indian dancing.

“One out of three women will be beaten or raped within her lifetime—that’s a billion individuals on this Earth," says PsySR President Karolina Pekala. "On V-Day, we reclaim the body for good by dancing for justice and rising with the objective of ending violence against women and girls.”

She continues: “This year, there are thousands of V-Day events happening in over 200 countries. We held our first V-Day last year as a touchstone program for our group. We wish for V-Day to become an annual tradition at LIU Post that only ends when the violence ends. As we rise and celebrate on V-Day to call for justice for women and girls, we are celebrating the spirit of our mothers, sisters, friends, daughters, and ourselves, while promoting a world where every woman and girl is truly respected and feels safe. It’s an event that brings all students and faculty together in obtaining a common goal.”

The event is open to the LIU community.

Posted 02/11/2014

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