KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 7:30 AM, KTTU-18 "In Focus," 10:30 AM, 2/14/10

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Paty González, the 2010 Dia V Tucson Co-organizer, Frida Espinosa Cárdenas, Artistic Director, and Carla Turco, actress and committee member, Día V Tucson. Carla is also director of the ELLA group.  This is the 9th year Dia V Tucson is presenting Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues.”  Día V Tucson was the first group in the United States to present the monologues in complete Spanish.

González says Dia V (V Day) is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. She says it raises funds and awareness through local benefit productions of founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.” This year’s Tucson performance is March 19 and will be presented in bi-lingual form.  She says a second performance in Spanish-only is being planned for a week later.

Cardenas says there are ten monologues plus a “spotlight” monologue that all focus on various aspects of violence against women.  The spotlight this year, she says is on “date rape” and again on the violence against women in the Congo.

Turco says funds raised locally will go to Las Familias, a counseling service, and to ELLA Group (Empowering Lives of Latinas in America), an organization that teaches personal empowerment, safety education and violence prevention to children and women.