In Memoriam: V-Day Activist/San Diego City College Cast Member Diana Gonzalez
On October 12th, V-Day activist and The Vagina Monologues cast member at San Diego City College’s upcoming V-Day production, Diana Gonzalez, was found dead in a men’s room at the college’s downtown campus. Diana was 19-years old, studying to become a nurse and the mother of a 10-month-old baby girl. The main person of interest in the death is her husband Armando Gabriel Perez.
All of us at V-Day are deeply saddened and outraged by this and our sympathies go out to her family and friends. Diana was a part of the global V-Day community and she will be sorely missed. Though it can be hard to move forward in difficult times such as these, Diana’s story serves as a sad and striking reminder of why we do this work, why ending violence against women and girls is so crucial for the future of our planet, and why raising awareness about the issue is integral. Diana is in our thoughts as we enter the 2011 V-Season, we continue to work every day in honor of Diana and the countless other victims and survivors, to keep women safe, until the violence stops.
READ & WATCH: “The Gift of Cancer” – New Speech Given by Eve Ensler at The Women’s Conference
For the second year, V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler spoke at The Women’s Conference: The Nations Premier Forum For Women hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver. Eve’s powerful speech, entitled “The Gift Of Cancer,” received a standing ovation from the sold out crowd and is currently available to read and/or watch online.
UPDATE: V-Day Pakistan Rescue Fund – AMAL Implements Phase Two: Winterzation
Since the floods began to ravage Pakistan in early August, V-Day has been working closely with AMAL Human Development Network and longtime V-Day activist Nighat Rizvi on a project designed to bring urgently needed supplies to families in extremely vulnerable priority areas in the region. During the first phase (August – October 2010), AMAL has already distributed relief goods to 160 families, built trust and advocated results.
AMAL is now entering Phase 2 of the project, and has determined, with its network partners, that winterization needs, energy supply, food & hygiene kits and women & new-borns supplies are most needed in a pro-active gender sensitive manner.
To meet these challenges, AMAL will dispense four types of kits to 180 families, which will include shawls, blankets, bedding, essential food items, women’s hygiene materials, among other crucial supplies.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! In the face of such a massive natural disaster, women and children are at increased risk of sexual violence. Our sisters in Pakistan need our help now more then ever.
PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN!
Any amount of money you can donate will help save lives by contributing to the supply of urgently needed kits that will provide essential items to get women and their families through the upcoming winter.