“It’s not just about Vaginas!”

This was the tagline for the Vagina Monologues this year. The event is sponsored by the Alliance for Women’s Awareness (AWA) here at Bryant University. This event takes place every year and I was truly blessed to spend my third year participating in such an amazing and moving event.

The students at Bryant University are always eager and excited to be apart of the global campaign “V-Day” by joining in the movement to help end violence against women and girls all over the world and not just in our own country alone. These monologues are not just done at Bryant University but at other schools as well where they also join the movement to end the violence women experience. Not only are the students involved, but also the staff at Bryant University.

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Anna Takahama (Assistant Director of Campus Engagement, primarily involved with Clubs and Organizations on campus) and Kelly Boutin (Assistant Director for the Pwc Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Pride Center and the Hochberg Women’s Center)

Just to give you a little information about the Vagina Monologues:

The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. The thought provoking monologues are the result of hours and hours of conversations with these women all over the world, and celebrate women-identified individuals’ gender identity, sexuality and strength. The monologues shared in the event gave a voice to the different experiences and feelings that are not always discussed often. The stories that were shared at the event this year gave the audience a chance to open their mind and motivate them to join in the conversation about ending violence against women-identified people.

Like every year, we had a great group of women who volunteered their time and their energy into making this event a success and that it was! They poured their hearts into the monologue they performed, allowing the audience to truly relate to each women’s experience.

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Charde Hunt-Jeanty (Class of 2017), Rashelle Gayle (Class of 2017) and Elizabeth Oluokun (Class of 2018). 

I thought it would help to share a couple videos of monologues done by different women at different institutions.  Bryant women also performed these monologues at the event this year.

My Short SKirt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9bDY2rF9LE

SIx Year Old Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ZR5CeI4lc

My Angry Vagina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k574_8Y1-fU

These are just a few of the powerful monologues performed. Each monologue tells a different story, one that touched the hearts of each person in the audience.

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Laura Sprague, Co-President of the Alliance for Women’s Awareness. 

Donations were made to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence where they focus on eliminating domestic violence. They envision a society where domestic violence is not tolerated because communities are enlightened and responsive to the needs of survivors and their children.

If you get the chance to attend one of these events, I encourage you to do so, so that you may experience how moving it is for yourselves. 

 

(Please note that the Youtube links are for example only and the associated content on those pages do not represent the view(s) of Bryant University)