Kathmandu: Third season of The V-Day Kathmandu (Vagina Monologues) was successfully organized by Hamri Bahini 25th and 26th of February, 2017. Since 2015, Hamri Bahini has been organizing this act of performance based on an episodic play written by Eve Ensler as a part of its advocacy movement raising voices for women related issues.
The program introduced the international movement to end violence against women and girls creates a space for women to talk about things that are difficult to talk about in our communities like periods, sex, sexuality, gender identity, violence against women. The experience empowers women from diverse fields to talk openly and freely about these issues and advocate for other women to be able to do the same. 100% of the funds raised went towards Hamri Bahini- A Women Empowerment movement fueled by Social Enterprise. All the funds generated goes towards training and employment opportunities for women from marginalized communities at Hamri Bahini.
The play was performed at Shilpee Theater located at the heart of Kathmandu.The production this year consisted of 22 women from different walks of life. Every week the participants gathered to talk about feminism, gender, sex, sexuality, bodies and orgasms. They shared their own stories and experiences and in turn learned about their own bodies and selves with the help of other people’s anecdotes. In the month allotted for rehearsals, the women got the opportunity to put themselves in their character’s shoes and got to learn about all the problems that women around the world face.
It wasn’t only the performers however who enjoyed The Vagina Monologues. The audience seemed to love it just as much. One among the audience, Preeti Byasnet claimed the show was “eye opening” for her. Another member, Rubina Thapa said that she learned about self-acceptance with the help of the show.
“The show was welcomed with house-full performances each year and has directly touched the lives of hundreds of women who sign-up every year to be part of this annual experience. For those participating directly, V-Day Kathmandu, The Vagina Monologues, has also been a personal journey to embrace their inner girl.”- Bivishika Bhandari, V-Day Kathmandu, The Vagina Monologues, Mentor and Director.