Eve Ensler, Katrina Warriors speak out against domestic violence

May 17, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

On Sunday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the uptown Tulane University campus, playwright and human rights activist Eve Ensler will help ignite a community conversation about rebuilding Greater New Orleans as a healthier and more secure place for women and girls.

Louisiana State Representative Charmaine Marchand (District 99, Lower Ninth Ward) and singer Charmaine Neville will join Ensler on stage to honor all New Orleans women and men who have distinguished themselves since the storm as "Katrina Warriors."

The phrase "Katrina Warrior" is based on "Vagina Warrior," a term created by Ensler for "women and men who have experienced or witnessed enormous violence and rather than retaliating or perpetrating more violence have dedicated their lives to ending violence."

"After spending several days in April 2006 talking with New Orleans women about their current lives, noting in particular concerns about safety and security, the lack of services for women in desperate need, and stories of an increase in domestic abuse and sexual assault, I realized from their stories of bravery, courage and commitment, that there is a new warrior emerging in New Orleans," says Ensler.

Ensler, through her organization V-Day, has helped raise over $30 million to fight violence against girls and women. For more information, visit

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