V-DAY Thunder Bay “The Vagina Monologues” 2015.

Thank you to everyone who made the production of ‘The Vagina Monologs’ such a huge success


Pictures from the Play, by Matt Goertz

Created with flickr slideshow.


 Here is an article in Lakehead’s newspaper, The Argus for anyone who wants to know more about how the event went.



V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” and other artistic works. These V-Day benefit events organized by volunteer activists take place 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 $120 million; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs; and has helped to establish safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. Visit www.vday.org

1 Billion Rising Global Campaign

About The Organizors

Frankly Scarlet

Frankly Scarlet Productions is the next generation in live theatre in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Our mission is to establish a year round presence as a community based theatre company through special performances and events, in addition to our bi-annual (Spring/ Fall) plays. As ‘up and coming’ entertainers, we aim to set a high standard for quality that patrons will come to expect. facebook.com/ frankly scarlet 

Signature performances include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next, Vagina Monologues, Burlesque, workshops and much more!

Gender Issues Centre is your feminist social-action centre on-campus. Working from an anti-oppressive framework, the GiC provides peer support, advocacy, education and referrals and is a centre for all students regardless of  gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion, culture, family life, sexual orientation, gender identity and difference in physical or mental abilities. It is a safe and inclusive place to meet new people, access resources, and get involved. We encourage communication, action, awareness, self-reflection and compassion. facebook.com/genderissues

Pride Central is an educational, lobbying, support and referral service which provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, two-spirited, queer, intersex, and allies (LGBTTQIA) students. It is open to all Lakehead University students (and community) with a focus on ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. facebook.com/lusupridecentral

 Beneficiary of proceeds:


Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre is a non-profit, community based, feminist organization. We rely on donations and government funding to maintain an accessible location and to respond to the needs of Northwestern Ontario women.

Our mission is to create and advocate for safe and supportive environments so that women can fully engage in their lives and communities. The Centre works with women to increase their access to knowledge, skills and resources so they can make informed and strategic choices.

 Get Involved

There are a lot of opportunities to get involved with the production of The Vagina Monologues 2015 and expanded programming.

We’ll certainly be quite busy leading up to the performance dates…From general volunteer, promotions and outreach, organizing discussion groups, bake sale, set-up, stage, fundraising, coordination & more. As core organizers, we will provide support, direction and lots of learning and exchange opportunities.

We welcome everyone who would like to help to get in touch! Please email gic@lusu.ca if you have any questions.

jayal, coordinator of gender issues centre

tracy, coordinator of pride central

jesica and alison, frankly scarlet productions

From VDAY.orgParticipation across the gender spectrum has been present throughout One Billion Rising. As a movement we understand that violence plays out in each community differently, and that women suffer from violence in deeply individual and personal ways


For a deeper understanding and reflections on the movement from a variety of voices please read and watch the following articles, blogs and videos:


Justice Rising, Kimberle Crenshaw

 Journey To Rising, Monique Wilson

Strike! Dance! Rise!, bell hooks and Eve Ensler

State of Female Justice Blog N. Jerin Arifa

“One Billion Rising: the 2014 campaign to end violence against women” by Eve Ensler, The Guardian, December 9, 2013

“Eve Ensler Rising” by Laura Flanders, The Nation, Nov 2012:

Calpernia Adams, actress and trans activist. Her statement on justice for trans women.

One Billion Rising San Francisco featured key community speakers on the steps of City Hall including Christina Quiñonez who spoke on behalf of her organization Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

“Ranked Nonprofits: International Violence Against Women 2011”


Videos & Documentaries:

What is V-Day video – http://www.vday.org/about

 Rising video, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014 –

 UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: (Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and released on DVD in 2005)

 WHAT I WANT MY WORDS TO DO TO YOU (Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and won the Freedom of Expression Award, premiered on PBS later that year.)

 BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: (Premiered on LOGO television in 2006.)