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Jan 20, 2009    #007
Contact: Laura Byerley
816-235-1592

UMKC Celebrates V-Day’s Eleven-Year AnniversaryPerformances will benefit local and international organizations

In collaboration with the 2009 V-Day campaign – a global movement to stop violence against women and girls – the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Women’s Center will bring “The Vagina Monologues” and other V-Day events to the campus and Kansas City community.

Following is a list of February events:

- A benefit screening of “Until the Violence Stops” – a documentary about the start and success of V-Day and “The Vagina Monologues,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 5 at the UMKC Oak Street Hall recreation room, 5051 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo. Donations will be accepted.

- A benefit screening of “What I Want My Words to Do to You” – a documentary featuring “an unprecedented look into the hearts and minds of women in a maximum security prison,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17 at the YWCA of Greater Kansas City, 1017 North Sixth St., Kansas City, Kan. The screening is co-sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Kansas City. Donations will be accepted.

- A Teach-In on the tragic events affecting Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 19 at the UMKC Oak Street Hall classroom.

- A benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25 at the University Center, Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes St. The event will feature a silent auction, as well.

- A benefit performance of “Any One of Us: Words from Prison” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26 at the University Center, Pierson Auditorium. A discussion will follow the performance. Proceeds from all UMKC V-Day 2009 events will benefit the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project and the national V-Day spotlight campaign, “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource: Power to Women and Girls in Democratic Republic of Congo.”

V-Day celebrates its eleventh anniversary of working to end violence against women and girls. The V-Day movement is growing rapidly in 119 countries, and has spread to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and all of North America.

V-Day, a nonprofit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth magazine's “100 Best Charities” and in 2006 one of Marie Claire magazine’s “Top 10 Charities.” In nine years, the V-Day movement has garnered more than $50 million.

Advance tickets for individual UMKC shows are $10 for students and $15 for non-students, and tickets at the door are $12 for students $17 for non-students. Packages with a ticket to each show are $15 for students and $25 for non-students and can only be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or by visiting www.umkc.edu/womenc/vday2009.asp.

In line with the V-Day campaign and fundraising efforts, the Women’s Center is selling V-Day buttons and chocolates in its office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, as well as at the performances. For information on purchasing V-Day items or becoming involved with UMKC V-Day 2009, contact the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638 or umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu. For information about the national V-Day campaign, visit www.vday.org.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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