The office of Residential Life and Student Conduct is pleased to share that the production of The Vagina Monologues on April 17-19, 2015 was a huge success. The statistics are sobering, sexual assaults and violence against women continue to be committed in staggering numbers every day throughout the world. Events such as Vagina Monologues, a V-Day event, help raise awareness on these important topics and focus efforts on creating a world where women can live freely and without fear of being assaulted. We are honored to join hundreds of colleges/universities that showcased this internationally-recognized production as part of the V-Day campaign. We thank all of our contributors, both on campus and in the local Bridgeport community, who supported this event, and the Center for Family Justice which received all proceeds from the shows.

Photo Montage of Play

Background

In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues broke ground, offering the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews conducted by playwright and activist Eve Enslerwith with women of every age and background, the play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women.

The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that The Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

On Valentines Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Set up as a 501(c)(3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization’s seed money came from a star-studded, sold-out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening. V-Day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. For more information, visitwww.vday.org

The University of Bridgeport and V-Day

The University of Bridgeport is committed to preventing or eliminating all forms of sex-based discrimination in its education programs or activities in accordance with its commitment to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

I wanted to start a movement that aided our Tile IX education and community standards mission, so I brought The Vagina Monologues to UB! The University of Bridgeport hosts students from more than 90 countries and we are the perfect community to showcase our amazing, diverse women. Thank you to the cast for being a part of the first mothers, sisters, daughters, students, alumnae, faculty, and staff at UB to perform this important activist art. We are all citizens of the world – international, educated, bright, and fun women. We represent different cultures, ages, sexual orientation, social background, sizes, shapes, skin tones, races, religions, professions, and interests.

With 25 actresses, five production staff, and support from seven UB clubs and organizations, we were able to put on three shows of the production. Over 330 people attended over the performance weekend, and over $1542.10 was donated to the Center for Family Justice.

About Our Benefactor

The Center for Family Justice breaks the cycle of abuse and violence – domestic, sexual and child – by providing services that create hope, restore lives, and drive social change through education and community collaboration. The Center for Family Justice (The Center) uses a coordinated approach to offer services designed to break the cycle of violence, in a safe place, under one roof. Counselors, advocates, and community partners including police, prosecutors, and civil/legal providers work together to streamline how they help survivors. For decades, The Center offers free, confidential, bilingual crisis services that help all people plagued by domestic and sexual violence restore their lives. The Center also educates our communities to prevent future abuse. It is the comprehensive services our partners provide that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.

We are excited to continue our partnership with the University of Bridgeport! For more information, visit www.centerforfamilyjustice.org