FUNDRAISING NEWS: 'Vagina' play aims to curb domestic abuse

Dominic Wood

A two-month-old charity, aimed at preventing violence against women, hopes ticket sales and sponsorship of a special performance of The Vagina Monologues will raise £100,000 next year.

Until the Violence Stops is bringing ideas from its US-based sister charity, V-Day, to Europe.

The play, famed for its celebration of female sexuality and featuring tales of rape, will present a cast of peers and MPs when the V-Day: Westminster with Politicians and Peers version takes place at London's Criterion Theatre on International Women's Day, 8 March 2004.

Dame Anita Roddick and MPs Oona King and Sandra Gidley will all tread the boards for the charity.

The new UK charity sent out an email campaign last week to lists of companies and individuals, asking them to provide sponsorship for the performance or create their own productions of Eve Ensler's play between Valentine's Day and 8 March next year.

Around 70 groups have signed up so far. Their efforts, alongside those of the Westminster play, will raise around £200,000 for Refuge, Women's Aid and the International Planned Parenthood Federation charities, and other local domestic abuse charities.

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