Vagina Calendar Raising Funds for Event Protesting Violence against Women and Girls

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One Billion Rising (V-Day) event organisers in Melbourne, Australia, in cooperation with the 101 Vagina project, are releasing a 2013 Vagina Calendar to raise funds for the event, raising awareness about violence against women and girls.

We enter the world through the vagina at conception and at birth. Vaginas are sacred and have been shamed for too long.

One Billion Rising (V-Day) event organisers in Melbourne, Australia, in cooperation with the 101 Vagina project, are releasing a 2013 Vagina Calendar to raise funds for the event and raise awareness of violence against women and girls.

On February 14, 2013 people around the globe will rise up and dance their protest against violence towards women. We are inviting you to join the global campaign. Spearheaded by Eve Ensler [Vagina Monologues & V-Day] One Billion Rising has created a platform for women and men around the world to be seen and heard as they protest the reality that 1 in 3 women will suffer violence and exploitation in their lifetime.

One of the organisers, Dr Lauren Woodman, says: "One Billion Rising is such a beautiful, empowering concept, we felt inspired by it's vision and support this celebratory protest. We would love to shake the ground with Melbourne's support of this issue by shaking, grooving & dancing 'No' to violence against women."

One Billion Rising Melbourne event page:
http://onebillionrising.org/page/event/detail/startarising/wrr8
Event Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingMelbourne

The event is to be held at Melbourne's Federation Square, a focal point for the city, for maximum visibility, thereby challenging the invisibility of this issue. Federation Square charge $20,000 to provide all the necessary infrastructure and services for the event.

$10 from the sale of every calendar will go towards the One Billion Rising event and corporate sponsors are also being sought to help meet the event costs.

The calendar itself will consist of 12 black and white photos from the upcoming 101 Vagina coffee-table book. Each image is accompanied by a message, from each woman, about her vagina.

101 Vagina was inspired by The Vagina Monologues and aims to break the vagina taboo and body image shame in general. Taboos prevent us from speaking openly about important issues thereby hindering their resolution. The project is also about celebrating diverse bodies and raising funds for charity.

Philip Werner, creator of the 101 Vagina project says: “We enter the world through the vagina at conception and at birth; vaginas are sacred, women have they been violated and shamed for too long.”

One Billion Rising Melbourne organisers: Dr Lauren Woodman (Osteopath & Seven Sisters Festival event organiser), Tamar Spatz (High school teacher & women's rights activist), Dr Caroline Lambert (Women's human rights advocate), Philip Werner (Photographer, 101 Vagina project)

Purchase the 2013 Vagina Calendar here:
http://101vagina.com/calendar-shop

101 Vagina contact: philip(at)philipwernerfoto(dot)com
Main event contact: onebillionrisingmelbourne(at)gmail(dot)com

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