Thandie Newton believes “celebrity have their own authority in the world” and that’s why she makes it a point to take on roles that bring awareness to problems around the world. One particular cause Thandie has been very vocal about is her work with V-Day, fighting injustice against women. She tells Sabine Durrant from the Telegraph “it is one of the most important things I have been involved with.”
V-Day was founded by Eve Ensler in 1998 on Valentine’s day. The organization supports activists across 140 countries who are working together to create a world where women are protected from violence. V-Day raises awareness and funds through various initiatives. Examples include Ensler own production, The Vagina Monologue and annual spotlight campaigns which bring awareness about a particular group of women experiencing violence.
Thandie is a board member of V-Day and has played an active role in bringing awareness to their mission. In 1999 she participated in the first V-Day event – a performance of The Vagina Monologue (see photos below). She went on to perform two monologues, “A Teenage Girl’s Guide To Surviving Sex Slavery” in 2009 and “A Memory, Monologue, Rant, Prayer” along side Rosario Dawson in 2012 where all proceeds went to the cause.
In 2011 she traveled to Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo to celebrate the opening of a new center called the City of Joy. As Thandie describes it, the City of Joy is like a “university,” providing opportunities and services to women: teaching them their basic human rights, trade skills and empowering them so they are no longer victims of violence.
Thandie sat down with CNN correspondent Becky Anderson December, 2011 to talk about V-Day and the City of Joy.
Here are some photos of Thandie at the City of Joy opening ceremony in 2011 and her monologue after party in 2012.
V-Day will be holding their next event : “One Billion Rising” on Feb 2013 to bring attention to the one in three women raped or beaten in their lifetimes. Visit vday.org to learn more about the organization and One Billion Rising.