Students, Faculty Take to the Stage in "V-Day" Benefit

UNM law students and faculty presented three performances of "The Vagina Monologues" as part of an international V-Day movement to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women. All proceeds of the UNM production went to the Urban Indian Advocacy Program in Albuquerque, which provides advocacy services to Native Women who are victims of domestic violence.

This was the second year the UNM School of Law staged the benefit production of Eve Ensler's award-winning play. This year, Esteli Juarez, a 2L, directed the play, which was sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus, the Native American Law Students Association and the Jewish Law Students Association.

"The Vagina Monologues" are the cornerstone of the V-Day movement, whose participants stage benefit performances of the show worldwide each year between February 1st and March 8th (International Women's Day). The "V" in V-Day stands for Valentine, Vagina and Victory, linking love and respect for women to ending violence against women and girls. Last year, productions raised more than $6 million worldwide.

Vagina Monologues

Pictured (l-r): Kate Murray, Alicia Santos and Penny Gilbert.