Students perform Vagina Monologues to raise awareness of violence against women
The United Nations Development Fund for Women reports that one out of every three women in the world will personally experience physical or sexual violence. The statistics are alarming, and several organizations are advocating for change and awareness.
In 1996, playwright and activist Eve Ensler created The Vagina Monologues, an episodic play that focuses on the stories of real women and their views on sex, relationships, and violence. The production was groundbreaking and it inspired her to create "V-Day," a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Ensler was Simmons' 2006 Commencement speaker, and the College honored her with an Honorary Doctorate of Communications. Her monologues production is now an annual tradition on campus.
"The monologues are extremely important for the Simmons community because they empower women to speak openly about their lives, experiences, and bodies -- something society encourages women not to do," says Sarah Cyr-Mutty '12, president of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWAG) Center. "They also raise awareness and money to stop violence against women, which is a problem that concerns everyone who is part of a community that prides itself on being women-focused."
This year, Simmons will be splitting the proceeds from the event between the V-Day Foundation and The Women's Lunch Place, a daytime shelter that provides nutritious meals and a safe haven to over 150 homeless women and their children a day.
Performances of The Vagina Monologues will be held at Simmons on Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb 19. All performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the student activities office. The cost is $8 for Simmons students and $10 for the public. If you're unable to make the Simmons production this weekend be sure to check out the other V-Day events happening in the Boston area and across the country.
The Vagina Monologues is co-sponsored by the SWAG Center. Check them out on Facebook for updates on future events.
Photo: Eve Ensler performing the Vagina Monologues provided by VDay.org