Vagina Monologues to Support McAuley Community Services for Women
V-Day Melbourne (TVM) will present a benefit production of Eve Enslers’s award winning Broadway play The Vagina Monologues, from March 26 – 28 at the Coopers Malthouse Theatre. Globally, the goal of the production is to raise funds and awareness for local organisations that work to end violence against women and girls. This year, all profits from the event will be donated to three local organisations that support women affected by violence–Mcauley Community Services for Women, The Nappy Collective, and the Luke Batty Foundation.
Local personality, Jo Stanley, will perform ‘My Short Skirt’ one of the feature monologues in this year’s production. Jo said: "It’s an honour to be included in such an iconic theatre piece, on such a globally significant day, and for such an important cause. Like so many other people, I am angered and horrified by the acts of violence against women that are so common in every part of the world, and at every level of society, and I am proud to be able to work with V Day Melbourne to take another step towards change. At the same time, I’m also looking forward to sharing some laughs with our audience, as we explore, without shame or embarrassment, the in’s and out’s (pun intended!) of one of my favourite body parts!!”
The Vagina Monologues is recognised as the signature event of V-Day, and has been performed in over 200 countries in 48 languages. Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg have all performed.
V Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. One in three women, or one billion women worldwide, will personally experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime (United Nations). Since its inception 15 years ago, V Day has raised over $100 million, benefitted 14,000 community violence organisations and reached over 1 billion people in its message to end violence against women and girls.