Rachel Jackson
Women's Studies

First Documentary About V-Day: Until the Violence Stops To Air on Lifetime Television February 2004

V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls will release its first documentary entitled "Until the Violence Stops" in February 2004 on Lifetime Television.

In 2002, eight hundred cities participated in a movement to end violence against women and girls called V-Day, which grew out of Eve Ensler's play, "The Vagina Monologues." "Until the Violence Stops" is a one hour commercial-free documentary that follows the grassroots impact of V-Day in five international communities while exposing the pervasive and cultural forms of violence that women experience all over the world. Directed by Abby Epstein, the story begins at a star-studded V-Day benefit at Harlem's Apollo Theater and travels to regional events in Ukiah California, the Philippines and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, culminating in the opening of the first V-Day Safe House for girls in Kenya. What emerges is an alternately devastating and hopeful look at the global and grassroots efforts in motion to stop violence against women and girls.

Featuring appearances by Tantoo Cardinal, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, LisaGay Hamilton, Salma Hayek, Amy Hill, Rosie Perez, Isabella Rossellini.

"Until the Violence Stops" will premiere on Lifetime as part of the Network's ongoing, Emmy Award-winning campaign "Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women," which includes extensive on-air original programming, online content and community outreach to change lives and laws for the better.

Expect more details about the documentary and V-Dayıs 2004 campaign ³Celebrating Vagina Warriors,² as well as Lifetimeıs ³Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women² initiative.

About V-Day: V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. 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 generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery.

V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films, and programs (such as the upcoming 2004 documentary "Until The Violence Stops;" community briefings with Amnesty International on the missing and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico; The December 2003 V-Day delegation trip to Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan; The Afghan Women's Summit; The Stop Rape Contest; and The Indian Country Project) to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2003, over 1,000 V-Day benefit events were presented by volunteer activists around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls and raising $4 million.

The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In its first year of incorporation (2001), V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities." In its first six years, the V-Day movement has raised over $20 million.

The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. In September 2003 Lifetime was awarded the prestigious Governors Award from The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) for its advocacy on its ³Stop Violence Against Women² initiative. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Online, are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, as is Lifetime magazine, which debuted in April 2003.

Susan Celia Swan, V-Day
(212) 445-3288
press@vday.org ­
or -
Julie Rothman, Lifetime
(212) 424-7183


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