Friday, 25 January 2013

Eve Ensler to visit Lancaster on Sunday 3rd. One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising is a global women's movement that isn't afraid or embarrassed to speak out about the oppression and abuse that affects the daily lives of millions of ordinary women globally.  Enough already! It's time to get a grip. This year Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues is coming to Lancaster on Sunday 3 February to join us for One Billion Rising!

I'm told the local group will be celebrating One Billion Rising at 1pm in Market Square, Lancaster on Sunday week with a flashmob of the One Billion Rising dance routine performed by the cast of this year's Vagina Monologues production, followed by an event at Lancaster Library involving performances, poetry readings and the chance to meet Eve Ensler, before moving onto a bar in town for music and celebration.

Join in with what is going to be an amazing event, entry is free and donations are welcome. This year money raised will be donated 10% to the V-Day campaign and 90% to Lancaster & District Women's Aid; your donation helps support women and girls in the local area.

Sign up for the Open Mic is now open! This is an opportunity not to be missed - the chance to perform in front of Eve Ensler! Music, poetry and performances are welcome. Slots will be 5-10 minutes depending on what you have planned and please ensure the material is appropriate.
For more information about One Billion Rising, the performance or how you can be involved please contact Sam Aldridge -

Saturday 9 February will see Off the Rails big band, Latin, Funk, Swing. Dot Crotchets, Ann the Poet, plus many more at a live Fundraiser for Beyond FGM at the Gregson from 8.30pm.  To recognise and commemorate violence against women and girls, 1 Billion Rising & Anti-FGM day. FGM cripples millions of women worldwide and must be stopped. Here's how you can help: £5 on the door please!
This is a mixed event. It promises to be a great night of entertainment!

This year's V-Day  Vagina Monologues production will be performed by a student cast at Lancaster's Sugarhouse at 7pm on Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 February (Valentine's Day). Last year I took my Valentine and it all went rather well, and that's all I'm saying.  Tickets are just £5 from the LUSU info desk on campus (under Spar). See

At the moment donkey sanctuaries alone get more money donated to them than all the main UK womens' aid charities put together. I love donkeys too, it's not an either/or thing, but there are women getting beaten, trafficked and killed daily folks. Apparently it's better for the economy to keep women cheap and pulling extra weight unpaid. Ask your MP. Or your bishop. He can explain it better.

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