Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, visits PH for ‘One Billion Rising’

December 26, 2012

World-renowned author of The Vagina Monologues and women’s rights activist Eve Ensler visited the Philippines this December 2012 to witness the developments in the grassroots campaign to end violence against women.

She visited provinces and urban poor communities in Metro Manila, where she witnessed in Payatas, Quezon City the “marrying of capitalism and sexism” — the privatization of garbage collection and social services and increased incidences of various forms of violence against impoverished women.

Ensler said she is “in love with Gabriela”, the militant women’s organization spearheading One Billion Rising in the Philippines, together with Gabriela Women’s Party and Monique Wilson’s New Voice Company.

Conceptualized by Ensler, the One Billion Rising is a global campaign to pressure governments and institutions to put an end to various forms of violence against women. The campaign, which primarily involves dance as protest action, will culminate on February 14, 2013, when a targeted 1 billion women and men will dance all around the world.

Video by KR Guda, additional camera by Junelle Narra. Photos of Ensler’s visit to Payatas courtesy of Gabriela.

Here are some of the photos, by Macky Macaspac, of the National Capital Region OBR launch as well as the media forum with Ensler: