Tuesday, February 10, 2009

All About Women



In February last year, I was busy and happily involved in a worthy cause. Together with my former students, we joined the 2008 V-Day Campaign, an annual campaign meant to raise awareness about the plight of countless abused women and children all over the world. The campaign is the brainchild of Eve Ensler,writer of the hugely popular The Vagina Monologues. Through Ensler's staging of the monologues, the V-Day campaign was able to raise more than $50 million for numerous women's anti-violence groups. Today, the campaign is a worldwide event that gathers some of the world's most prominent personalities in various V-Day related activities.

Our main aim last year was to be able to stage The Vagina Monologues and entice as many of our friends as possible to join in the campaign by watching and supporting the show. For those of us who took an active part in the monologues, however, it was more than just an invitation; more than just a campaign.

The Vagina Monologues was an experience of awakening for myself and for all the other vagina warriors who generously shared their time and talents to the show. When we first gathered together to listen to all the pieces, we were completely moved by the stories we heard. And then we began reading the stories ourselves. We began to lend out voices to all the women whose stories have remained voiceless for years. We began to become the women in the stories we read. In the process, we got to know ourselves better. We realized how lucky we were to be where we were, to be who we were.

Our biggest realization, however, was finding out our worth as women. Because of the monologues; because of the brave women who shared their stories with the world, we realized how special we were. We realized how unique we were - no matter who we were and no matter what other people say. Because of The Vagina Monologues, we were able to come to terms with our womanhood. Because of The Vagina Monologues, we can now honestly declare and say how proud we are to be women.

This year, another V-Day celebration will enfold. And The Vagina Monologues will once again be on the spotlight. Although I may not be able to join the production anymore, I know I'll find a way to somehow reach out and help. I know I'll continue to be a vagina warrior. And if I were given the chance, I'd ask all my friends, male or female, to stand up and support this worthwhile endeavor.

I believe that all women, at one point in their life, should give herself the wonderful opportunity of getting into The Vagina Monologues experience. It can make all the difference...

2 comments:

  1. Hey Teacher Maia, love this post.

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  2. thank you, darl...been wanting to write something like this for days now...finally found the time to do so last tuesday...

    this is really something that's close to my heart, so i'll keep on writing about this...i'm planning to post stories also...stories inspired from the stories we read at VM last year. =)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

All About Women



In February last year, I was busy and happily involved in a worthy cause. Together with my former students, we joined the 2008 V-Day Campaign, an annual campaign meant to raise awareness about the plight of countless abused women and children all over the world. The campaign is the brainchild of Eve Ensler,writer of the hugely popular The Vagina Monologues. Through Ensler's staging of the monologues, the V-Day campaign was able to raise more than $50 million for numerous women's anti-violence groups. Today, the campaign is a worldwide event that gathers some of the world's most prominent personalities in various V-Day related activities.

Our main aim last year was to be able to stage The Vagina Monologues and entice as many of our friends as possible to join in the campaign by watching and supporting the show. For those of us who took an active part in the monologues, however, it was more than just an invitation; more than just a campaign.

The Vagina Monologues was an experience of awakening for myself and for all the other vagina warriors who generously shared their time and talents to the show. When we first gathered together to listen to all the pieces, we were completely moved by the stories we heard. And then we began reading the stories ourselves. We began to lend out voices to all the women whose stories have remained voiceless for years. We began to become the women in the stories we read. In the process, we got to know ourselves better. We realized how lucky we were to be where we were, to be who we were.

Our biggest realization, however, was finding out our worth as women. Because of the monologues; because of the brave women who shared their stories with the world, we realized how special we were. We realized how unique we were - no matter who we were and no matter what other people say. Because of The Vagina Monologues, we were able to come to terms with our womanhood. Because of The Vagina Monologues, we can now honestly declare and say how proud we are to be women.

This year, another V-Day celebration will enfold. And The Vagina Monologues will once again be on the spotlight. Although I may not be able to join the production anymore, I know I'll find a way to somehow reach out and help. I know I'll continue to be a vagina warrior. And if I were given the chance, I'd ask all my friends, male or female, to stand up and support this worthwhile endeavor.

I believe that all women, at one point in their life, should give herself the wonderful opportunity of getting into The Vagina Monologues experience. It can make all the difference...

2 comments:

  1. Hey Teacher Maia, love this post.

    ReplyDelete
  2. thank you, darl...been wanting to write something like this for days now...finally found the time to do so last tuesday...

    this is really something that's close to my heart, so i'll keep on writing about this...i'm planning to post stories also...stories inspired from the stories we read at VM last year. =)

    ReplyDelete