Friday, March 21, 2008
Eve Ensler has made headlines for over a decade with her jaw dropping, mind expanding and awe inspiring performances of "The Vagina Monologues." But beyond theatrics the monologues have become both a metaphor and a vehicle for empowering women around the globe.
Since 1998, Eve has been performing her production as part of "V Day Events" all over the world, to raise awareness and money to battle violence against women. From China to Australia to Nigeria, Ensler's riveting message of reclaiming the female identity has become a living organic metaphor for taking back women's voices and power in cultures where it has been stolen. Along the way she has won the support of a who's who list of celebrity authors, artists and actors.
To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $50 million and educated millions on the issue of violence against women, and how to put an end to it. The funds have supported the reopening of women's shelters, the funding of over 5000 community based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. In addition PSA and media campaigns have brought awareness to this critically important issues.
On April 11 and 12, 2008, V-Day celebrates it 10th Anniversary in New Orleans with a slate of celebrities including Salma Hayeak, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Fonda and others. April 12th will feature an incredible evening of international performances of The Vagina Monologues and musical performances, as well as speeches from V-Day activists from across the globe, including Kenya, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eastern Europe.
The tickets are only $25. For more information on how to support V-Day (or even host a V Day event in your area) and/or attend the New Orleans event - go to their SITE.
(Pictured above Eve Ensler and supporting celebrities of V Day)