Top playwright visits Zimbabwe

HARARE - Eve Ensler, the writer of the play The Vagina Monologues, is in the country as part of the “One Billion Rising” campaign against gender-based violence.

Ensler, whose play the The Vagina Monologues has been produced in over 140 countries and in various languages, jetted into Zimbabwe accompanied by prominent theatre director Monique Wilson.

The gender activist underscored the importance of the campaign against gender-based violence and the use of dance as a unity factor in the fight against sexual violence at a meeting held last week at the Book Café.

“My life since I wrote the The Vagina Monologues has been to fight violence against women.

“One out of three women will be raped in their lifetime.

Everywhere I have travelled in the world there is always a case of women abuse. It might be in a different form, but women are abused,” she said.

“Violence is the methodology that sustains patriarchy and we are saying no to that.  “Dancing allows us to be free, to laugh to allow vibrational and spiritual energy of the planet to be released.

“This rising is a campaign for women of all nations.”

The Vagina Monologues was first produced as a play in 1996.

It consists of a number of monologues that explore issues that women deal with on a day to day basis in a frank, matter-of-fact manner.

The monologues touch on issues such as menstruation, masturbation, sex, rape, birth and orgasm.

The overall theme is that of reclaiming the vagina as tool for empowerment and as a part of the body that women should not be ashamed of.

Nyasha Sengayi, Global co-ordinator and Zimbabwean Campaign Strategist said they choose dance because it offers solace.

“The reason we chose dance is that there is no one who dances when they are sad.

“Dance brings out the best in people and makes people happy. We have seen the way women are treated change,” said Sengayi.

“We have brought dance to the different Zimbabwean communities.

“It unites people and in that way we can bring about awareness to the people on how women should be treated, this education is for both men and women.”

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