stop violence No to Violence against Women in our Society: V day Macedonia

by Gordana Angelichin

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. It promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. The movement fights to stop violence against women and girls, including battery, rape, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery. Local volunteers and college students around the world participate in the V-Day campaigns; they help organize benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops, workshops to educate people in their communities about this issue and many other events.

We are three students from Macedonia, Gordana Angelichin, Sandra Kostadinova and Aleksandra Simoska, who had the opportunity to volunteer in a V-Day college campaign last year in the USA. We got involved in it because we recognized the enthusiasm the organizers had and how much it fulfilled them to know they would help victims and make them feel better about themselves. Being compelled by the experience, we decided to do some of V-Day’s activities in Macedonia this year. Having the authorization of this global movement, we started with activities in October 2010 under the official name Vday Macedonia. Our campaign successfully ended on 5 March, but I will explain more about it later. First I would like to share with the readers our plan and our goal.

We planned this campaign to have three phases and so it was. We started off with little money and planned to make our budget larger step by step by donations. First we held educational workshops in order to make young people talk more about violence against women and realize how big that problem is in our country, and then to tell them about VDay and encourage them to spread our word and message. Secondly, we spent two months doing media campaign in order to “prepare” people for the final phase which was screening of the VDay documentary Until the violence stops and performing the Vagina Monologues. The goal was to raise funds for these two events, but spend as less as possible since our main goal was to donate as much money as possible to a crisis shelter located in our capital. The three of us worked as a team from the very beginning and having good cooperation with each other helped us achieve our goal and finish our project successfully!

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