By Arti Patel
V-Day, especially known for its campaigns to end violence against women worldwide, is trying to get a jump-start in Ryerson.
Ashley Tran, a third-year business management student, is the founder for V-Day at Ryerson and is trying to start a group on campus.
“People need to understand that the fight to end violence against women is not something of the past,” she said.
Even though this is Tran’s vision, there are some factors coming in her way.
Tran’s group is not an official group yet. Ryerson Student’s Union must run through all campus groups to make sure its members are from Ryerson. Tran however, wants her sister to help out with the campaign but she is not a Ryerson student. This also means that she would not be able to book rooms for meeting or volunteer sessions. The second factor is money. Even though the group is not finalized she is not able to finically support campaigns without help from the university.
With V-Day to make its premiere at Ryerson for the upcoming year, Tran has already listed several events she would like to host on campus:
The Vagina Monologues:
-“The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.”
The reading of: “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer”
-Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls, is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle.
-On the topic of violence against women and girls.
-Poetry, songs, raps, lyrics, spoken word.
“Mr. Vagina Friendly 2009” Pageant
-Details to come
The Clothes Line Project
-Details to come
Tran was inspired by her sister, who has ran the V-Day campaign in Taiwan for two years.
Tran would like to donate all funds raised to local women’s charity and have a collaboration with Ryerson’s Women Centre in the future as well.
For more information on V-Day at Ryerson you can join their Facebook group or attend their meetings. You can also e-mail Tran email@example.com and she will answer any questions and concerns one may have.