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V-Day is a global activist movement working to end violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. They create global awareness and raise funds through a variety of media outlets, while collaborating with local women and grassroots organizations to help build anti-violence networks all over the world. V-Day has a variety of campaigns that they are constantly working on. V-Girls helps empower young women to ignite their voices and amplify their activism against violence, and V-Men allows men to voice their stories and opinions on violence against women. V-Day is promoting their City of Joy campaign, which concentrates on victims of violence and trauma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. V-Day offers women therapy and helps them build life skills while giving both love and a community. Additionally, V-Day gives scholarships and awards to dedicated people who are stopping violence and provide safe houses in several different countries for victims. Furthermore, each year V-Day promotes a Spotlight Campaign, used to raise awareness and funds for a specific group of women who are experiencing violence. Their previous campaigns have centered on women ranging from Afghanistan to New Orleans. Currently they are working on the One Billion Rising campaign, which is bringing people all over the world together on Valentine’s Day to acknowledge the violence that takes place against women worldwide. They say, “V-Day dreams of a world in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive,” and they are on the path to making that vision a reality. They have raised over $90 million for their cause and work in over 140 countries.
Mission Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has been supporting V-Day since 2005. In 2006, we worked with V-Day to create V-Peace scholarships, a scholarship program designed to support survivors of domestic and military violence in high school, college, and vocational studies. The recipients of these scholarships are dedicated to stopping violence against women in their own community and globally. V-Peace scholarships have supported nearly 5,000 refugees and survivors in the U.S. and Canada, as well as 9 other countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Check out why this growing group of visionary women and men inspired us to establish educational scholarships to really change the outcome for survivors of violence.