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The Vagina Monologues is still helping women, two decades later

Last month, The Pink Protest brought Eve Ensler’s cult play to a new generation – raising funds and awareness to help finally end violence against women

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By Amy Jones on

On the 27 February, The Pink Protest held an evening of readings from The Vagina Monologues. Every February, Eve Ensler, creator of the original Vagina Monologues, allows the public to stage productions of an updated script of her original play – as long as they do so in order to raise funds and awareness for local groups trying to end violence against women. Ensler does this as part of her organisation V-Day, which since 1998 has raised $100 million dollars for anti-violence groups, rape-crisis centres, domestic-violence shelters and safe houses around the world.

The Pink Protest held the event as part of their ongoing work dedicated to activism and affecting change; previously they have collaborated with Help Refugees, Sad Girls Club and the #freeperiods movement. The co-founder of The Pink Protest, Grace Campbell, said "The Vagina Monologues is a piece of work which is so significant of the women's movement but has also done really well at adapting to the ever-changing climate of feminist politics. We wanted to embrace that and celebrate it with a group of incredibly inspiring women."

The hope is that guests at each event will be inspired and supported in taking action and creating awareness of various causes

The Pink Protest used their Vagina Monologues event to launch their residency at the Laylow in Notting Hill. Each month they will hold an event dedicated to a cause, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to supporting charities. The hope is that guests at each event will be inspired and supported in taking action and creating awareness of various causes.

This event was directed by actress Lizzie Freud, and the updated readings included Hair by Bryony Gordon, Because He Liked To Look At It by Dolly Alderton and Not So Happy Fact by Nimco Ali. One hundred per cent of the proceeds went to the Women And Girls network, a service which supports London women who have experienced or are at risk of violence.

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