This year’s theme, “One Billion Rising,” draws attention to the 1 billion women globally who the United Nations says will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes. UofL’s events are part of V-Day’s goal to have 1 billion women and their supporters worldwide take a stand to end violence.

V-Day events at UofL are organized by the Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC). Activities that are open to the public include:

  • Feb. 11, noon, Swain Student Activities Center (SAC), “Going on Strike.” Join a drum circle featuring music by the UofL Percussion Ensemble in a show of support to end violence against women.
  • Feb. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SAC, second floor, “Women & Incarceration Project.” Write a letter, donate and learn how to help battered, incarcerated women.
  • Feb. 13, noon, Cultural Center, “Let’s Talk Lunch: Violence in the Global Community.” Panel discussion on the “One Billion Rising” initiative.
  • Feb. 14–16, 7 p.m. each evening, The Playhouse, “The Vagina Monologues.” Students and guest actresses will perform the play. Guest actresses include Leesa Mitchell of WAKY (Feb. 14), Kaila Story, the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality Studies at UofL and host of “Strange Fruit,” a podcast on WFPL (Feb. 15), and Angie Fenton, managing editor of The Voice-Tribune and entertainment correspondent for WHAS 11’s “Great Day Live!” (Feb. 16). Admission is $8 for college students with ID and $10 for all others. Purchase tickets online or at the door with cash or check.
  • Feb. 15, 9 p.m., Community Park, “Talk Back.” The Men of PEACC group will host a session for men to support the V-Day messages and initiatives.
Brandy Warren
Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.