Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Playwright hopes term ‘femicide’ will attract attention of U.N., presidential candidates

Eve Ensler, the Vagina Monologues playwright, spoke out against “femicide” at a February 7 event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Grand Rapids Press reported the same day.

By quoting United Nations estimates of how “one in three women will be raped or abused in her lifetime,” she declared that violence against women must be put to an end. According to the article, “She said labeling crimes against women as femicide may get the U.N. and the presidential candidates to make it a priority.

Ensler also shared examples of violence against women from her travels to Manila, Pakistan, and the Congo.

“We have brought about many changes, but we have not dismantled the cultural underpinnings of violence,” she said.

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