Eve Ensler (Playwright / Performer / Activist) is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues.
Her play The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment.) Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Ms. Ensler's performance in The Vagina Monologues can be seen in the HBO original documentary of the play (2002).
V-Day is a movement that acts globally to end violence towards
women. It is a widespread organisation that promotes The Vagina
Monologues based on the plays written by Eve Ensler in order to
raise funds and awareness against violence towards women through the
help of local organisations. V
-Day spreads an always greater awareness of a deeper knowledge of
the most common violence: rapes, domestic violence, incest, female
genital mutilations and sexual slavery.
Through its global campaign, local volunteers perform The Vagina
Monologues to focus the attention of their community on violence
towards women. Plays by Eve Ensler have been performed in front of
heterogeneous audiences, different but at the same similar one the
each other, also in countries where women do not have any right or,
in any case, far less than men, where they are blamed and
humiliated, where just the fact of talking about their body can
irritate local authorities and religious groups.
Prevailing culture exercises one of the strongest influences against
change of unwritten rules of the society, of the behaviours and
values that perpetuate violence. Vagina Monologues are now
part of the popular culture and its performance is having an
unprecedented success, both from the artistic point of view and from
the people’s participation point of view.