CSU–Pueblo joins VDAY awareness campaign to end violence

Colorado State University-Pueblo will join VDAY 10 celebrants globally who are attempting to end violence against girls and women through a series of consciousness-raising public performances, education, and networking.

Riding the 3rd Wave Club, the Women’s Studies Program, Office of Student Activities, and the Counseling Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a variety of activities Feb. 25-28 as part of its 2008 CSU-Pueblo VDay Campaign.

Over its 10 years of art and activism, the VDAY movement has educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and advertising campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Iraq. For more on national events, visit http://www.vday.org/contents/vday/aboutvday

V-DAY CSU-PUEBLO 2008 activities kick off with a production of Eve Ensler’s
The Vagina Monologues starring CSU-Pueblo students, faculty, and staff at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Occhiato University Center Ballroom. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students at the door. The Vagina Monologues is an Obie Award-winning episodic play written by Eve Ensler which ran at the off-Broadway Westside Theatre in 1996. The production has been staged internationally, and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by cable TV channel HBO. (NOTE: This performance includes sexually explicit content and may not be appropriate for children.)

Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Pueblo and the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Co-sponsors of this event include Riding the 3rd Wave, Women’s Studies program, Chicano Studies Program as well as the First-Year Center, Student Life and Development, and the Office of Student Activities.

Students will share their personally written monologues inspired by The Vagina Monologues from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the First-Year Center on the second floor of the University Library.

CSU-Pueblo Psychology Professor Karen Yescavage and student Sage Aragon will lead a conversation, Faking It, about sexual pretending and how to prevent it from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 in the First-Year Center.

On Feb. 27, CSU-Pueblo student Rachel Dupler will present, “Darfur--Rape as a Tactic of War and Genocide,” which will focus on how and why rape is used as a tactic of war, its effect on women, and how we can address this global issue. Special attention will focus on the Darfur region. This event will be held from 1-2 p.m. in the First-Year Center.

To conclude the week, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Chicano Studies Fawn-Amber Montoya will present STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and You along with community organization, the Glendale 4, from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the First-Year Center. The discussion will focus on the STI rates in Pueblo as well as STI prevention.

For more information on the week’s activities, contact Becki Scola, CSU-Pueblo Women's Studies Coordinator at 719-549-2811 or becki.scola@colostate-pueblo.edu

Riding the 3rd Wave and Glendale 4 are both CSU-Pueblo student organizations dedicated to women’s issues and rights.

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