V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, celebrates its 10th anniversary today. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sexual slavery.
»Learn the facts about violence against women, which include:
- Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds.
- Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
- Boys who witness their fathers' violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes.
- An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or forced labor.
Each year V-Day increases awareness by focusing on a specific group of women in the world who are resisting violence with courage and vision. In 2008, the spotlight is turned to New Orleans and the Gulf South. The spotlight will highlight the daily ongoing work of women in their communities who have steadfastly kept New Orleans and the Gulf South alive with little to no resources. These women—Katrina Warriors—will be honored for their strength and resilience in the face of devastating loss. The spotlight will bring global attention and funds so that women may be safe and empowered in a region whose pulse beats like no other.
»Connect with organizations and find resources about violence against women
»Read stories of survivors of violence
»Support V-DAY by sending an e-card to a loved one