One Billion Rising: V-Day’s Eve Ensler Launches Global Day of Action, Dance Against Women’s Violence (March 2012)

As the debate over reproductive rights rages in the House, and Senate Republicans have tried to thwart the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, we speak with Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day, the global movement to end domestic violence, and the playwright behind “The Vagina Monologues.” “The fact is, we have not busted this notion that the father still dominates in his authority over women and children and determines the rights of our lives, determines the rights of our futures and our bodies,” Ensler says. “If we’re going to actually free women, which is freeing men, which is allowing everybody a life of dignity and grace, and not walking in fear and terror, we have to go further and be disruptive and be dangerous.” Ensler has just launched a new global campaign called “One Billion Rising,” which calls on women “and the men who love them” to join together on Feb. 14, 2013, and “dance until the violence stops.” Ensler also discusses the first anniversary of the City of Joy, a groundbreaking new community for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [includes rush transcript]