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V-Day strengthens anti-violence efforts

February 22, 2012
The Leader Herald

The Family Counseling Center would like to thank Fulton-Montgomery Community College for sponsoring V-Day 2012 on Feb. 11. V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery. FMCC V-Day events included two productions of "The Vagina Monologues," a play by Tony award-winning playwright Eve Ensler. It was directed by Sonnet Gravina and featured 21 women, including FMCC staff, students and community members of Fulton and Montgomery counties. We want to thank everyone who attended these productions. Your enthusiasm was contagious.

In addition, there were numerous artists, both near and far, who generously donated stunning pieces to the silent auction. Last but not least, our heartfelt thanks go out to the FMCC students who donated their time, ideas and artwork. All proceeds from V-Day were divided between the Family Counseling Center's domestic violence programs in Fulton County and to the Montgomery County domestic violence program.

V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely. V-Day is a spirit: We believe that women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities. In 2011, more than 6,000 V-Day events took place around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $80 million and reached more than 300 million people. By raising money and consciousness, V-Day becomes a catalyst to unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. It can lay the groundwork for new educational, protective and legislative endeavors through the world.

Thanks to everyone who helped proclaim V-Day as a day to celebrate women and end the violence.

DEBORAH SKIVINGTON

Deputy executive director of

Family Counseling Center

and LINDA HORAN

Manager of Fulton County Domestic

Violence Program

 
 

 

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