A British actress has called on Londoners to re-name Valentines Day ‘Vagina Day’.
Thandie Newton today called on Londoners to re-invent the meaning of Valentine’s Day to end violence against women.
The actress, who has starred in films including The Pursuit Of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II and Crash, said that ever since she met Eve Ensler, writer of The Vagina Monologues and founder of One Billion Rising, February 14 has had a different meaning.
Newton, 40, said: “It’s Valentine’s Day today but for me it’s been
V-day, V standing for vagina and victory, since 15 years ago when I met Eve.
“Valentine’s is an ideal in everyone’s minds, it’s something that we aspire to, it’s an ideal of romance and is something that we celebrate every year. But that sat against the statistic that one third of women are victims of sexual abuse in their lifetime, it’s not right.”
She said she took her daughters Nico, eight, and Ripley, 12, with her to Parliament today to teach them about the plight of women across the world.
Meanwhile, the same newspaper reports that British schoolboys are to be forced to take lessons in relationships and sex, teaching them that violence against women is not acceptable
MPs will today call for sex and relationships education to be made compulsory in schools in a bid to tackle violence against women.
Experts believe that a zero-tolerance approach needs to begin in the classroom. Education Secretary Michael Gove will come under pressure to promote more teaching about respect and consent.
Last year more than 100 women were killed by their partners or former partners in the UK while 750,000 children witness acts of domestic abuse every year. Although sex education is mandatory, lessons often take place in science classes and schools have no requirement to teach about relationships.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from personal, social and health education that falls outside the national curriculum. The call to make relationship education a requirement comes as thousands take to London’s streets as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women.