Signature Events & Programs
The WEC offers a number of programs that have become annual signature events. These include the Love your Body week, the Vagina Monologues performance, Women's History Month events, and programs to raise awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault. Please see the links for specific program descriptions
Love Your Body
The WEC plans activities that focus on body image, gender stereotypes, and eating disorders. The Love Your Body campaign was created by the National Organization for Women (NOW) to bring awareness to the connection between harmful images that we are exposed to by the media and pop culture and women’s self-esteem.
Women’s History Month
During the month of March, the Women’s Educational Center sponsors programs in celebration of Women’s History Month. Programs range from films to panel presentations and an art gallery exhibit.
Vagina Monologues Performance
Annually, the WEC sponsors a production of the Vagina Monologues, a play written by Eve Ensler. Based on over 200 interviews, the monologues give voice to women’s stories of sexual intimacy, self-discovery, and sexual violence. The monologues are performed by UM-Flint students, faculty and staff.
If you would to perform a monologue, please call the WEC at 237-6648. We typically begin planning the monologues in January each year.
The Vagina Monologues is part of a broader global movement known as V-Day, initiated by Eve Ensler. The goal of the V-Day movement is to end violence against women and girls worldwide.
For further information on how to get involved in the movement, see www.v-day.org
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual assault and rape, and to educate the campus community on how to prevent sexual violence.The Women’s Educational Center commemorates SAAM by sponsoring Take Back the Night as well as other programs.
Take Back the Night is an evening dedicated to taking a stand against abuse and sexual assault, while creating a supportive environment for expression and empowerment. The event typically includes a rally, speak-out and a march down Saginaw Street.