Bon Iver Collaborates With NY Women's Foundation to Bring Gender Equity Issues Centerstage

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bon Iver Collaborates With NY Women's Foundation to Bring Gender Equity Issues Centerstage

NEW YORK—In this divisive time in our country, organizations serving women are experiencing an unprecedented influx of requests for services and support. For better or worse, the election season shined a spotlight on gender inequality and sexual assault. Now perhaps more than ever, these organizations need additional support, and we have the opportunity to harness this attention and inspire action on gender issues.

On the heels of the release of its highly-acclaimed album 22, A Million, Bon Iver, led by Justin Vernon, and The New York Women’s Foundation announce a partnership as a part of the band’s recently founded social impact campaign: 2 A Billion (formerly 2 A Million), an effort to bring gender equity issues centerstage by assisting in the efforts to end domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Bon Iver will perform several dates this month in New York, and at each venue will collaborate with local nonprofit partners of The New York Women’s Foundation dedicated to eliminating barriers and creating pathways for women and girls to live safer, more prosperous lives.

Bon Iver will partner with the following organizations to raise awareness and inspire action on gender equity issues at the band’s sold-out performances: Center for Anti-Violence Education, Day One, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services and A Call to Men.

“One of the biggest problems with domestic abuse is that people don’t talk about it. It’s insidious, stigmatized and hushed,” says Vernon. “It’s very important to us to encourage dialogue and support the incredible work of our nonprofit partners.”

The New York Women’s Foundation is a voice for women and a force for change. We are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.

“We are proud to partner with Bon Iver to shine a light on issues of inequality and violence in women’s lives. The New York Women’s Foundation invests in women-led grassroots organizations working on the frontlines of poverty, violence, racial and ethnic discrimination, criminalization, and homelessness across the city,” said The New York Women’s Foundation Executive Director, Ana L. Oliveira. “This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for local organizations to engage more people in the serious issues women face and it gives them access to a new audience to take part in supporting their work. We applaud Bon Iver for collaborative approach to using the power of the arts to drive positive change in the lives of women.”

For more information on how to support ending domestic violence and sexual abuse, please visit

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