The annual V-Day performance took place Feb. 12 at D-E’s Hajjar Auditorium, with 25 performances featuring students and faculty members presenting spoken word, dance and instrumental/vocal music.
Co-presidents of Dwight-Englewood’s Women’s Empowerment Club Nicki Mohammadi ’15 and Amani Wynter ‘15 provided the welcome for the V-Day event, produced by The Bergen County Women’s Alliance and D-E, explaining just what V-Day is.“V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls,” Amani began. “V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
“V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.
“V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.
“V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.
“V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.
“V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.
“V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.
“V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.
“V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community.
“The Women’s Empowerment Club, Dwight-Mic (our Spoken Word Club), INSPIRE [D-E’s cultural diversity club] and other members of the Dwight-Englewood community, alongside local community activists, have met for weeks – fearlessly sharing their raw material to bring you tonight’s event.”
According to V-Day organizer and Middle School performing arts faculty member Carly Moriarty, V-Day “was a HUGE success. We raised $1,278 dollars between tickets, sweets and merchandise! $128 (10%) will go to V-Day.org (Eve Ensler’s organization) and $1,150 will be given to the Zone outreach program at Bergen Family Center. Bravo!”