"Transforming women's pain into power is a powerful model"

The American playwright analyzes, in an interview with the "World", the future of the feminist struggle in the aftermath and in America of Donald Trump.

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Interview. His play, Monologues of the vagina, written in 1996, has toured the world and symbolized for several generations of feminists the struggle of women to reclaim their bodies. Since then, Eve Ensler has never stopped denouncing violence against women. The co-founder of the City of Joy, a center for victims of war rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege, is also in the United States, an opponent posted to Donald Trump , whom she calls the "Chief predator". The American playwright will be the guest of the Monde Festival Sunday, October 6 on the theme: "From #metoo to Trump, what fights for feminism? ".

The French government is currently organizing a Grenelle domestic violence forum, with more than 100 feminicides in the country since the beginning of the year. You who have lived in France, what do you think of this initiative?

In France, as in many countries, not only are women beaten and murdered, but they are subject to laws that prevent their safety. Nearly half of the applications for protection orders are refused because of a paradoxical law that allows judges to assess the notions of violence and danger. Such laws have been designed by men for men and must be changed.

When a hundred women are murdered in less than a year, it indicates that something has collapsed in society

In France too, the police still often blame the victims, humiliating them with sexist remarks when they present themselves. Domestic violence is rooted in a patriarchal system that men have women and have the right to do what they want with them and their bodies. When a hundred women are murdered in less than a year, it indicates that something has collapsed in society. More resources are needed to put an end to this violence, and especially to put the subject at the center of government action.

You have just published "The Apology" (Bloomsbury, to appear in French at Denoel in January 2020) about the violence that your father made you suffer when you were a child. Why did you write this story in the form of a letter of apology?


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