Women are treated same across the globe – Eve Ensler

womenEve Ensler, Playwright. –  I have visited 60 countries in the past 12 years. The situation is pretty much the same everywhere. Its the same story everywhere I go. India, in that sense, is like any other country. If its rape and bride-burning in India, Its acid attack and honour killing in Pakistan. I think the only nation recording very low rate of violence against women is Iceland.

American playwright-activist Eve Ensier, best known for the The Vagina Monologues, is in town for the world premiere of her next play I am an emotional creature: The secret life of girls.

Excerpts from an interview:
Why did you choose Bangalore for the world premiere of your new play?
Because I love India! Its a great place to start. The cast(mostly TV actors from Mumbai) has done a fabulous job. Actors here did a brilliant job with the Vagina Monologues too. This is just the beginning. I will see how it goes. The plays about how girls are always trying to please everyone, be it their parents or boyfriends. The book is releasing on V-day next year. You just returned from the Ted Conference in Mysore.

What did you speak about there?
I spoke about the girlchild and how we should protect her..

Are you aware of the fact that ˜Vagina Monologues has been performed in Hindi in Mumbai?
Yes. I believe it has been performed in Gujarati as well. Its fantastic. I am moved that it has been performed in regional languages as that always has a bigger impact.

Bernard Goldberg listed you at No.96 in his book 100 people who are Screwing Up America –  (Laughs). The book was by a crook, a crazy guy. It listed feminists, anti-racists, liberals and so on. He is one of those who dont want women to move forward. If my work supporting women is ruining America, then let it be.

What according to you is the most heinous crime against women?

Violence against them. I am working with many groups across the world. Killing women, sex trafficking, rape One out of three women in the US is either beaten up or raped.

You have travelled the world. Where do you think women feel the safest? Where would you place India when it comes to security for women?

I have visited 60 countries in the past 12 years. The situation is pretty much the same everywhere. Its the same story everywhere I go. India , in that sense, is like any other country. If its rape and bride-burning in India, Its acid attack and honour killing in Pakistan. I think the only nation recording very low rate of violence against women is Iceland(chuckles)

Which country, according to you, has the most woman-friendly laws ?
I don’t think there’s any. If a rape victim opts for prosecution, she is re-raped in the process.

Do you believe in the adage, Women are women’s worst enemies?
No. because I have only seen women supporting and nurturing each other, working like a team. I have seen some incredible women.

Kindly comment on the above article.
Kindly express your views about the women her feelings, Status in the society as far as education/ economic independence are concerned.Regarding her Responsibilities as an Individual / daughter/ wife/ mother / mother-in-law / grand mother etc.
Regarding her social status as a career women whether she is working under someone/ an independent professional?
What are all the challenges faced by women being women?
How women are to be treated by the society when it comes to Educating/ making her economically independent/ Marriage commitment / Child bearing/Rearing / keeping up harmony in the family?

3 thoughts on “Women are treated same across the globe – Eve Ensler

  1. It is sad that over the years human race does not understood the harmony of leaving. I think education is the main key where from childhood itself the view and thoughts towards opposite sex is to be framed. If we look back to our ancient Gurukula system we had it. Later on it all spoiled by some selfish Brahmins and Kings, further by Britishers. But now it is the time where we have to put moral values and social conducts in education apart from mere text books

  2. I personally think that things are looking up for women nowadays.Speaking specifically about Indian women, there is definitely a noticeable change in their economic independence and social status.Women are not scared to dream about their careers ambitions and are fearless enough to also achieve them successfully.However this does come at a cost sometimes,as Indian metros especially are both a boon and a bane for young,career-oriented women who need to handle the pressures of domestic life as well as tackle office deadlines etc and travel in pretty unsafe conditions, and in ungodly hours.
    The main challenge is at that some point in their lives, women are forced to choose family matters over their careers and although it is inevitable ,they should strive to strike a balance and do justice to both, though its easier said than done. 🙂
    In uneducated circles and rural india, as long as dowry is an issue, people will continue viewing the girl child as a burden.These issues have to be tackled first to solve the broader problems which women face and to change people’s mentality.
    In challenging times as these, women should not hesitate to voice their opinions and put their foot down.

  3. Dear Pangalan Rao and Ms.Sahithya,
    I understand the great concern you have towards the problem of women.

    I agree its very sad that even in 21st century people don’t understand the value of living in harmony. But as we notice in the topic discussed its a global problem. According to me, never blame any system or culture rather effort may be made by every parent to change such bad evils by inculcating moral values in both boy and girl in their upbringing. A girl child should be taught how to safeguard her safety in every sense and boy should be taught to respect women and her views. Compulsory Education, Economic Independence and Ethical guidance to a girl child across the globe would also help to a great extent to eradicate such problems.
    My thanks to Mr.Tom n Bob for the comments.

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