In support of USD’s core values, the Women’s Center gathers students to discuss and attend a Vagina Monologues performance each year as part of the V-Day Movement. This event invites students to explore sexuality and the impact sexual violence has on both local and global communities by bearing witness to the experiences of women and girls throughout the world.
USD’s core value of Compassionate Service calls us to "embrace the Catholic moral and social tradition by committing to serve with compassion, to foster peace and work for justice. We regard peace as inseparable from justice and advance education, scholarship and service to fashion a more humane world."
We in the Center believe it is through storytelling and experiencing the lived reality of others that we are truly transformed and able to move closer to who we are each called to be as change agents.
For the last 15 years, February has been home to an amazing display of activism called the V-Day movement. The purpose of V-Day is to end violence against women and girls worldwide. The V in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina. This movement seeks to educate people about the global reality of violence against women and girls. Through benefits, films, and live performances (among many other creative ideas) people call attention to issues including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.
The V-Day movement began with a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, which combines over 200 interviews Eve conducted with women. The play focuses on women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, inviting everyone to start a new conversation about and with women. Eve used this forum to call people to action to end violence and it took off from there.
Each year V-Day "spotlights" a particular group of women in the world. In 2012, V-Day sponsored women in Haiti and highlighted the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010.