I'm sure all of you savvy feminists know that today is not just a holiday for candy, flowers and cards (oh my!), it is also a day to celebrate love in all of its forms. And no loving relationship should ever involve violence. EVER. Through performances of the Vagina Monologues, activism, fundraisers and dedication, the fine folks at V-Day dedicate themselves to stopping violence against women all over the world.
Because the V-Day organization can say it better than I can, here is the mission statement from their web site:
V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.
V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.
V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.
V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.
V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.
V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.
V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine's Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.
V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!
Fierce, wild and unstoppable. Now that's what I like to hear. V-Day's motto is "until the violence stops". So while we're all celebrating Valentine's Day today (and I don't think there is anything wrong with that) take a minute to think about all of the women (and men, and children) who are in violent relationships, and what you might be able to do to help. Because we are all in this together until the violence stops.