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Every woman and girl is entitled to a life free of violence and full of hope for the future.  Show your love on V-Day for those in the world who need you and stop violence against women (VAW).


  • One in three women throughout the world will be a victim of abuse in her lifetime. (U.S. National Committee for UN Women: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/ivawa)
  • One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and 10% of sexual assault victims are men. (2004 National Crime Victimization Survey)
  • In the late nineties in South Africa, 40% of reported rapes and attempted rapes targeted girls younger than 17 years of age. (Human Rights Watch)
  • In India, a government survey of 12,500 children and parents in 13 of 29 states found that over 53% of children between the ages of 5 and 18 have been sexually abused. Most surveyed said they knew the abuser. (Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, United Press International, April 2007)
  • Nearly three in four family violence victims are female – 73%. (US Bureau of Justice, June 2005)

Source: V-Day Get The Facts.

Here are four organizations to give your time and charitable donations for women locally and globally:

  1. VDAY*
    Website: www.vday.org

    V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery. V-Day is also a non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.Show your support by attending V-Day college and community-sponsored performances, or organize a V-Day event of your own.  Join the V-Wall For Congo online community, or the V-Girls online network.
  2. New York Asian Women’s Center
    39 Bowery, PMB 375,
    New York, NY 10002
    Multilingual 24-Hour Toll-free Hotline: 1.888.888.7702
    Volunteer Coordinator E-mail:xzhen@nyawc.org
    Website: www.nyawc.org

    Founded in 1982, the New York Asian Women’s Center is the first organization on the East Coast to address the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian community. With the only 24-hour multi-lingual hotline and shelter program for battered Asian women, the center provides counseling and advocacy to Asian battered women, children who have witnessed domestic violence, and sexual assault survivors.

    As a volunteer with the NYAWC, you can touch the lives of battered women and their children, either directly through client support or by joining the movement to end violence against women. Most volunteer projects are team-based and are run by Project Leaders who are trained in leadership skills that coordinate various aspects of the project and communicate with involved volunteers.

  3. Safe Horizon*
    2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10007
    Phone: 212.577.7700
    Website: www.safehorizon.org
    Email: help@safehorizon.org

    Based in New York City, Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country. Collaborating with the criminal justice system, Safe Horizon offers innovative programs that provide women with support throughout the complex process of leaving violent relationships and building safe futures. For survivors of domestic violence, stalking, rape, and sexual assault, Safe Horizon offers services that help them and their children move toward safe and independent violence-free lives.You can join Safe Horizon’s Junior Council, a group of young professionals who support their critical work to help victims of violence and abuse by raising funds for programs and services and by promoting the organization. Other volunteer opportunities include program assistance in Safe Horizon offices, intake and phone support.

  4. U.S. National Committee for UN Women
    Website: www.unwomen-usnc.org

    The U.S. National Committee for UN Women is one of 18 national committees that support the mission of UN Women (originally National Committee for UNIFEM). The USNC is committed to expanding support and raising funds within the United States for UN Women. Dedicated volunteers on the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, local chapters and members help support UN Women projects that span 100 countries around the globe.

    UN Women
    was created in July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly as the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.  UN Women focuses its activities on one overarching goal: to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality.

    Volunteer with the internationally-minded community of leaders at the Metropolitan New York Chapter by sending email to metrony.unwomen@gmail.com.  Join committees that work all year on marketing initiatives, events and fundraisers, membership outreach and programs of special interest to young professionals as well as students.


*Find more national and local anti-VAW organizations in the Feminist.com Anti-Violence Resource Guide.