I am not a Valentines day hating woman but I have spent my last 3 or four February 14th celebrating WOMANHOOD with VDay!
After performing in The Vagina Monologues at my University I found great interest in V-Day and dedicated time to it as an activist and as a feminist.
As I have shared before, my relocating to NYC has brought me closer to the home base of V-Day and in close quarters with the founder of V-Day, Eve Ensler. This year I got to spend V-Day in the same room as her and a couple hundred other beautiful and generous women.
I completely fell in love with the works and words of Danielle Laporte, the Author of “The Desire Map.” Everyone at the Just Love event received a FREE, you read right, a FREE copy of The Desire Map Workbook when she spoke at the Just Love event. I cannot wait to dig into her books and blog and teachings and whatever I can find.
Spending V-Day with many many many beautiful and brave and outstanding women was more than I could have asked for.
The Hammerstein Ballroom was full of the love and energy that was filling buildings and hearts all over the world from Right here in NYC to The City of Joy in Bukavu!
On Saturday evening in a dimly lit intimate space in the back of ABC carpet and home the calligraphy of monk Thich Nhat Hanh hung on the walls wine and water were sipped from stemless glasses Visionary and Activist Eve Ensler shared the wonder and bravery of Afghan Activist Malalai Joya.
I was excited to receive an email invitation to this event, I was not familiar with Malalai but I knew Eve was going to be there and I just had to go.
I was in the company of two great ladies and we were all delighted to meet Eve, be introduced to the brave and freedom loving spirit of Malalai Joya and be in a room filled with such great energy. Vday board member and Actress Rosario Dawson was also in attendance, that was a pleasant surprise!
Malalai is in NY as a part of a US lecture/speaking tour that continues on to Boston next. This VDAY event was part of the #RISEFORJUSTICE campaign birthed by VDAY organizers after a wonderful turnout for the #1billionrising campaign. I am a an active part of the VDAY movement, my journey with VDAY began a few years ago when I performed in a production of The Vagina Monologues and has only gotten more amazing and rewarding since.
If you have not heard Malalais brave, inspiring and ongoing story I encourage you to read up on her at Malalai Joya.com and if you are already familiar with her I promised myself I would share the indiegogo page for the film that is being made about her HERE!. (I love indiegogo and other sites like it and gofundme) donate if you can or just share the info!
This was a wonderful even that I learned soooooo much from and really made me proud to be part of Vday, proud to be a woman that is fighting for what is right and extremely humbled to be in the presence of such greatness! Check out my photos below.
Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh
Lovely Ladies! My Roadies! Candyce and Yasmine enjoying themselves.
Myself and Actress Candyce A.
This young lady came all the way from Canada, and wore this awesome #1Billionrising shirt, to see Eve Ensler.
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