American writer visits Zim

AMERICAN Tony Award winning playwright and performer Eve Ensler best known for her play The Vagina Monologues is in the country where she is set to engage women leaders and organisations on issues pertaining to ending violence against women.

The Vagina Monologues was first produced as a play in 1996. It explores issues that women deal with on a day to day basis. The monologues touch on issues such as menstruation, masturbation, sex, rape, birth and orgasm.

The overall theme is that of reclaiming the female organ as a tool for empowerment and as a part of the body that women should not be ashamed of. The monologues have been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including Zimbabwe.

Speaking about her trip to Zimbabwe Ensler said; a�?We are excited about this trip because we have heard about all the amazing work that Womena��s organisations are doing in Zimbabwe. We are hoping to use this opportunity to learn more about womena��s issues in the country and to meet with some of the tireless grassroots women leaders.a�?

She said they were also hoping to meet with One Billion Rising Organisers in Zimbabwe to plan for the 2015 edition of the movement.A� They were also hoping to bring the issues and context of women in Zimbabwe onto a global platform.

The annual One Billion Rising event is an event where tens of thousands of men and women all over the world express their stand against gender-based violence through dance.