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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 14, 2001

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.

The V in V-day stands not only for vagina, but for victory against a global epidemic of violence against women. Inthe US every year up to 4 million women are physically abused by their husbands or live-in partners.

Of women who reported being raped or physically assaulted since the age of 18, three quarters were victimized by anintimate: a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, date or boyfriend.

From 1976-1996, some 31,260 women were murdered by an intimate.

These are the kinds of statistics that the V-Day project is trying to change. On this Valentine’s Day, we take a lookat the rage and violence against women and the people who are fighting back.


  • Eva Ensler, author of "Vagina Monologues."
  • Joan Osborne, singer.
  • Amy Ziff, singer with "Betty."
  • Gloria Steinem, feminist and author.
  • "Betty", with Amy Ziff, Alyson Palmer and Elizabeth Ziff, is a five-piece pop rock alternative band fromNew York City.
  • Soraya Mire, Solamian filmmaker.
  • Beatrice Torome and AGNES PEREVIO, Kenyan activists against female genital mutilation.
  • Sara Jones, Stop Rape Contest. E-mail: sarahjones@aol.con

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