Interviews/Speeches
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Democracy Now: “Disaster Patriarchy”: V (Eve Ensler) on How the Pandemic Has Unleashed a War on Women (June 2021)

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Disaster patriarchy: how the pandemic has unleashed a war on women.” That’s the headline of a new essay by V, the playwright and activist who was formerly known as Eve Ensler. She details how the pandemic has led to a surge in violence against women, as well as an economic and educational crisis, with tens of millions of women and girls out of work or school. UNESCO estimates 11 million girls may not return to school once the pandemic is over. Other estimates put the total as high as 20 million girls.

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V-Day: Poet Aja Monet & V (Eve Ensler) on the Movement to End Violence Against All Women & Girls (February 2021)

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Amid a global rise in domestic violence during the pandemic, we speak with the founder of V-Day, a day of action to fight violence against women. V, the award-winning playwright of “The Vagina Monologues,” formerly known as Eve Ensler, says organizers around the globe are finding ways to fight back. “I’m so moved to see our grassroots women movements around the world finding ways to rise in spite of people being locked in and shut in and in spite of COVID,” she says. We also speak with blues poet and organizer Aja Monet, V-Day’s artistic creative director, who says Black women are particularly at risk. “For every Black woman who reports rape, at least 15 Black women do not,” Monet says. “We can go down the list and see the impact that sexual violence and harm and abuse has had on Black women primarily, but on women across the world.”

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Eve Ensler: Women Need Not Wait For an Apology (November 2019)

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Prominent feminist and author of The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler talks to Newsclick about her new book, The Apology. In an attempt to liberate herself from her abuser, Ensler wrote her book as a letter of repentance from her deceased father, who had violated her since the age of five.

“WTF with Marc Maron” (June 2019)

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When Marc read Eve Ensler’s new book The Apology, he knew he had to speak with her right away. Not just because it was a harrowing, beautifully written, courageous book, but because Marc believes the book fully reveals the geometry of toxic masculinity.

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By the Book (May 2019)

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The playwright and author, most recently, of “The Apology” would invite James Baldwin, Hannah Arendt and Anaïs Nin for dinner. “Topics might include: God, death, erotica, totalitarianism.”

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Eve Ensler: A New Era (May 2019)

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The massive shift brought on by the #MeToo movement continues to reshape cultural conversations. Ev e Ensler discusses feminism, politics and where we go from here.

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Amanpour (September 2018)

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David Frum, Senior Editor of The Atlantic and Marc Lotter, Former Press Secretary for Mike Pence join Christiane Amanpour to discuss the explosive anonymous Op-Ed published in The New York Times detailing a resistance within the White House. Eve Ensler and Christine Schuler Deschryver, Co-Founders of City of Joy, a center for rape victims in the Congo talk about turning women’s pain into power.

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MAKERS (April 2018)

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Eve Ensler on her traumatic childhood, the runaway success of “The Vagina Monologues,” and founding V-day to fight violence against women worldwide.

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Bioneers – Eve (October 2017)

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As the creation story of Judeo-Christian beliefs, the biblical recounting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden has long had profound influence around the world. So what’s it like to be named Eve?

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Bioneers – Coconut (October 2016)

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Globally renowned playwright and activist Eve Ensler performs one act from her new “Fruit Trilogy”. Coconut is mesmerizing and provocative edge-walking that explores a woman’s mystical journey into her body.

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The Nation – Eve Ensler reads Emma Goldman (February 2016)

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In this inimitable reading, Eve Ensler, the pathbreaking feminist playwright, reads from an essay on political exiles by the great anarchist Emma Goldman, whom Ensler calls “my revolutionary mother and inspiration,” someone who understood that “there is no revolution with sex and dancing.”

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Eve Ensler of George Stroumboul­opoulos (May 2013)

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Eve Ensler is in the red chair. Eve created ‘The Vagina Monologues’, a show that was all about giving women a voice about their bodies and their sexuality. It became a huge hit, and Eve used its popularity to help launch V-Day, an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the horrors of rape and fistula, a condition that is rarely discussed.

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Pt. 2: Eve Ensler on Her Battle with Cancer: “We Can Use Sickness as a Tool for Transformation” (September 2012)

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We continue our conversation with award-winning playwright — and uterine cancer survivor — Eve Ensler. After getting news she has been cancer-free for two years, Ensler describes how her struggle to survive the disease “got rid of everything that didn’t matter,” and drove her to continue her work on the City of Joy, a safe haven for sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Eve Ensler at the Skoll World Forum (April 2012)

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Eve Ensler fires up the room, telling us about the organic movement she initiated through the Vagina Monologues. How being outrageous and honest allowed V-Day to dream about ending violence against women and deliver ‘impossible’ goals.

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Haitian Feminist Leader Myriam Merlet (1953-2010) (January 2010)

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We end today’s show with the sad news of the passing of Haitian political activist Myriam Merlet. She died under the rubble of her home after it collapsed on her last week. Myriam Merlet was the Chief of Staff of the Haitian Ministry of Women and an outspoken feminist who helped draw international attention to the use of rape as a political weapon.

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Eve Ensler Woman of the Year Luncheon (2008)

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EVE ENSLER, playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues. Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Eve Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.

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Bioneers – V to the 10th (October 2007)

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Can art and activism help unravel the cultural underpinnings of violence against women? In this presentation, Eve Ensler speaks on the importance of translating powerful private stories into unstoppable public movements. In 1998, Eve co-founded V Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls around the world.

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V-Day: Vagina Monologue Author Eve Ensler, with Joan Osborne, Gloria Steinem and Betty’celebrate Valentine’s Day and Fight Violence Against Women (February 2001)

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Some 18,000 women packed Madison Square Garden last Saturday to rock, rally, and rise up. They were celebrating VDay, a world wide movement to stop violence against women. The key organizer is Eve Ensler, author of the VaginaMonologues a play that will be performed this year at 250 colleges and in 50 cities around the world.