Basic Organization Information
- Physical Address:
New York, NY
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- NTEE Category:
I Crime, Legal Related
I73 Sexual Abuse, Prevention of
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R24 Women's Rights
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
11th Hour Project - $750,000
Schmidt Family Foundation - $400,000
Integrated Archive System - $249,000
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. Join us!
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
In 2012, over 5800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine's 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/ Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.
STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: Power to the Women & Girls of the DRC
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
- Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF DRC is a five-year global campaign of V-Day and UNICEF - in conjunction with DRC-based local women’s groups on the ground - that began in 2007. The campaign seeks to:
-Increase pressure at all levels – international, national and local – to STOP RAPE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, while highlighting the role of women as activists.
-Expose the devastating impact of rape on Congolese women’s health, their families and their communities
-Call for specific measures to end impunity for perpetrators
-Economically and socially empower women and girls to lead in the prevention of sexual violence and in the rebuilding of a country devastated by conflict
-Build and open the City of Joy in conjunction with PANZI Hospital and Dr. Mukwege, a center where survivors will be provided with support to heal and training to further develop their leadership and life skills.
“What we’re seeing in the DRC is a war being enacted on the bodies of women that is conscious and intentional - it is the systematic destruction of the female population of the Congo. But after three trips to the Congo in the last eighteen months, I have seen the spirit and strength of the Congolese women translated into a burgeoning movement which is turning pain to power.” – Eve Ensler
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Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
V-Day fills a unique niche in the violence against women arena. Through its many events the organization engages populations that are in many ways unlikely to connect to the movement; through these they build awareness grow the movement. Experts point to their high volume of media attention as huge organizational impact. They are also a large fundraising force, raising money for programming around the world. One expert pointed out V-Day's unique ability to frame the violence against women discussion in a way that condemns violence but still celebrates women's sexuality.
Experts agree that the unique, creative model of V-Day is a particular strength. Raising funds through performances not only bridges art and activism, but it serves as a public education tool. Tied to this model is V-Day's stellar fundraising abilities, another strength pointed out by experts. Experts also point to V-Day's dedicated leadership, strong marketing, and overall creativity.
Areas for Improvement
Experts agree that the organization's powerful leader is a help and a hindrance. V-Day may be too dependent on her leadership and this may be inhibiting strategic growth. They would do well to implement more strategic planning. Likewise, the model helpful but has strong western branding. The language barrier and somewhat sexual messaging make it difficult for many organizations to partner with them. Experts also assert that V-Day would do well to increase advocacy in Washington, DC, and build up its capacity internationally.