For the past seven years, students at Quest have helped raise awareness about violence against women through a Valentine’s day production of the Vagina Monologues. This past weekend, a group of about 20 students put on “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer” to combat violence against women not only through awareness but through funds raised for the Howe Sound Women’s Centre in Squamish.
V-Day is a global movement to combat violence against women and girls. It began with the play “The Vagina Monologues” which was written by Eve Ensler in 1994. Every year, volunteers host V-Day events around the world; typically these events are hosted right around Valentine’s Day.
The Quest performance was an opportunity to raise funds for the Howe Sound Women’s Centre, a local non-profit resource centre for women and children. From donations, the performance was able to raise over $1000 for the centre.
This year’s production was lead by a group of fourth-year students. Some of the pieces in this script are uplifting. Some are heartbreaking. But all of them engage the audience and make them think about the experiences behind the pieces and the reality of events like this. The cast did an exceptional job handling some tough material and performed really well after months of hard work!
For anyone interested, here is the link to a video of the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWD1iOLRwpA.