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Play at Manchester College supports

worldwide anti-violence campaign

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Feb. 10, 2004) - Manchester College's Gender Café and Alpha Psi Omega dramatics honorary will present readings from The Vagina Monologues on Saturday, Feb 21.  With the readings, the two organizations join a worldwide demand for safety of girls and women throughout the word.

The play, by Eve Ensler, is based on more than 200 interviews with women of all ages. Women members of the two campus organizations will do the readings. The event begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Wampler Auditorium.

The $5 admission fee will support Hands of Hope shelter for women and the women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. In the past decade, more than 300 women and girls have been murdered or have disappeared in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas.

The monologues are scheduled for readings throughout the world on V-Day, Feb. 14. Following a march on Ciudad Juarez, readers will include author Ensler, and actresses Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Christine Lahti and Shiva Rose.

The V-Day movement began in 1998 with a goal of ending violence against women and girls. The event has raised more than $20 million to help bring an end to cruelty against women and girls.

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