The Women Worldwide Initiative Joins Global Campaign to End Violence Against Women, Hosts Annual Love, Light & Lyrics Showcase

Contact: Uraidah Hassani


(New York, NY, February 11, 2014): On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. ET, The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) will host its annual Love, Light & Lyrics Showcase, in conjunction with activist Eve Ensler’s global One Billion Rising campaign, at the iconic New York cultural and arts space, the Nuyorican Poets Café, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Love, Light & Lyrics will showcase performances by acclaimed vocal artists to engage the community on the topic of gender-based violence.

The evening will be hosted by radio host Lynx Garcia and feature the following artists: The Peace PoetsNgoma Hill, NYC spoken word legend and former member of the Spirit House Movers & Shakers with Amiri Baraka, Jamaal St. John, 2008 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion, Danny Matos, 2013 Poetry Idol, Clifford Drouillard, Co-founder of the Brooklyn College Poetry Slam Team ranked second in the nation, and Ayden George, singer and songwriter for Vivian Green and Kelly Rowland.

“This event is our community’s call to spread love and end violence,” says Founder and Executive Director, Uraidah Hassani. “This year, with an all-male lineup, we are focusing on engaging men in the discussion on how gender-based violence affects our community and what actions we can take to prevent violence.” Curated by TWWI, the Love, Light & Lyrics event raises funds for TWWI’s Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program, which tackles issues including domestic violence and conflict resolution with women and girls in low-income communities in NYC.

One billion activists in 207 countries and territories came together last year in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. This year, we will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally.

About The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) is a non-profit organization with the mission to empower women and girls to strengthen their own capacities as decision-makers. TWWI’s mentorship programs and small-scale international development projects are dedicated to poverty eradication through youth development, and social and economic empowerment of women and girls in low-income communities in New York City and developing countries. Their programs have impacted over 60 young women and girls in inner cities in New York, 30 children in the Dominican Republic and 400 children in Zambia, as well as empowered over 300 members of the communities they serve through arts events such as Love, Light & Lyrics. Learn more:

About One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries – 4 times in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more.

About V-Day
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. V-Day’s most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls.

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