We are excited to announce that we will welcome Eve Ensler as our keynote speaker for our 2018 Fall Luncheon on October 1st. Join us to hear about her dedication to ending violence against women and girls, since writing The Vagina Monologues more than 20 years ago, founding V-Day & 1 Billion Rising, and everything in between. We will also welcome, Illuta Lāce and Lori Flohaug on stage to share their stories and why they support the work of Global Rights for Women. Learn more about the event, speakers, ticket & sponsorship options below.

All proceeds from the event will fund Global Rights for Women’s international work to promote women’s human rights and achieve effective reform on violence against women and girls. Thank you for your support!

Monday, October 1, 2018

11:30 AM — Registration and Doors Open

12:00 PM — Program begins

1:00 PM — Program concludes

Hilton Minneapolis

1001 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Online ticket sales are closed but we would love to have you join us! Please call the office at 612-305-7683.


Photo by Joyce Tenneson

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is the Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, and author of the theatrical Obie award-winning phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues, published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Her other credits include Broadway and National Tour of The Good Body. Her plays include Lemonade, Extraordinary Measures, Necessary Targets, OPC, and Emotional Creature. 

Her books include Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir and the New York Times bestseller I Am An Emotional Creature. She recently finished performing In the Body of the World at Manhattan Theatre Club, a one-woman show, which she adapted for the stage from her critically acclaimed memoir and first debuted the American Repertory Theater. Film credits include The Vagina Monologues, airing on HBO in 2002, and co-produced the film What I Want My Words to Do to You. 

Ms. Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the 20-year-old global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 100 million dollars. V-Day led her to also found One Billion Rising, the biggest global mass action to end violence against women in over 200 countries. She is a regular contributor for The Guardian. She was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.” Ms. Ensler is the recent recipient of the Lortel ‘s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2018 Lily Award.

Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End. The play ran for over 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France.

In 2004, Ensler performed her play The Good Body on Broadway, followed by a 20-city national tour.  Emotional Creature ran in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paris, Berkeley and New York throughout 2011.  In 2015, O.P.C. had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater and in 2016, Avocado debuted at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and became part of The Fruit Trilogy, which had a run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

In 2016, Eve adapted and premiered her memoir In the Body of the World, which she performed at the American Repertory Theater directed by Diane Paulus. In January 2018, Eve will perform the play at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

Eve’s other plays include The Treatment, Necessary Targets, Ladies, Lemonade, Extraordinary MeasuresMango, and Here which was filmed live by Sky Television in London, UK in the summer of 2010.

Ensler released Insecure at Last, a political memoir in 2006 and co-edited A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, an anthology of writings about violence against women published in 2007. In 2010, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World was released by Random House and made The New York Times Best Seller list.

Her critically acclaimed memoir In the Body of the World a visionary memoir of separation and connection – to the body, the self, and the world was published by Metropolitan Books in 2013.

Ensler’s film credits include an HBO film version of her performance of The Vagina Monologues (2002). She also produced the film What I Want My Words to Do to You, a documentary about the writing group she led at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women which won the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered nationally on PBS’s “P.O.V.” in December 2003.

Ensler has written numerous articles for The Guardian, Huffington Post, International Herald Tribune, Elle France, La Republica and Time Magazine.

She was awarded the 2011 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. Other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, an Obie, and Glamour’s Woman of the Year in addition to many honorary degrees.

In November 2009, Ensler was named one of US News & World Report’s ”Best Leaders” in association with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2010 she was named one of “125 Women Who Changed Our World” by Good Housekeeping Magazine. In 2011 she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.”

Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.

Today, V-Day raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media, and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Indian Country, and Iraq.

In 2012, Eve initiated ONE BILLION RISING which has run now for five years and is the largest mass action campaign against violence against women and girls. Annually, activists rise in 200 countries through dance and creative expression.

V-Day has received numerous acknowledgments and awards and is one of the top-rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar.

Biography from eveensler.org

Iluta Lāce

As Director of the Marta Resource Center for Women, Iluta Lāce demonstrates exceptional courage in raising awareness and advocating for legal protections for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in her home country of Latvia, and internationally. A testament to her expertise, Iluta was awarded the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award in 2014. A partner of Global Rights for Women, Marta Resource Center for Women works to end trafficking in all its forms through education and public advocacy and provides critical services for victims of trafficking and domestic violence. Iluta and her staff help Latvian women and girls live lives free from violence.

Lori Flohaug

Growing up in a family of eight children in a home ridden with extreme domestic violence, sexual violence, addiction, poverty, and mental illness, Lori focused on her own set of coping skills with an eye on creating a better life for herself and helping others. Lori has dedicated her twenty-year legal career to helping others in crisis; focusing on women and children. Lori has worked as a domestic violence advocate, a Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Aid attorney, state prosecutor, tribal defense attorney, state public defender and has recently been appointed to the Leech Lake Tribal Court bench to preside over Child Protection cases for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa Indian Reservation. As an expert consultant for Global Rights for Women, Lori also travels internationally to conduct trainings that aim to increase the capacity of participants to respond effectively to cases of violence against women, prioritizing victim safety and offender accountability.

Questions? Please email werise@grwomen.org

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Publicity Sponsors:

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Minnesota State Bar Association

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