University for Peace offers ‘Vagina Monologues’ March 8

A special presentation of “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented by the V-Team, students from the University for Peace, March 8, which is United Nations International Women’s Day.   The performance takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Teatro de la Palestra in Ciudad Colón.

University for Peace students from all over the world, studying for their masters degrees in peace and conflict resolutions, are expressing their creativity and solidarity with the V-Day moment, a global activist campaign to end violence against women and girls.

V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations and generate attention to the on-going fight to stop rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery throughout the world, the university said.

“The Vagina Monologues,” written by Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.  Ms. Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive, the university said.

Fourteen monologues will be performed, two in Spanish, three written by University of Peace students themselves, on issues of sexuality, giving birth and understanding what it means to be a woman.  Also featured will be speakers from the University for Peace U.N. Gender Program.

Tickets for The Vagina Monologues are pre-sold online at for 2,000 colons ($4) or available at the door for 3,000 colons ($6).  Some 90 percent of proceeds will be donated to a local woman’s activist group and 10 percent to the V-Day organization.  “The Vagina Monologues” has sexual context and is not recommended for children under the age of 18, the university said.

The Teatro de la Palestra is located next to Our Lady of Assumption Church on Avenida Central in Ciudad Colón, 22 kilometers west of San José off Ruta 2, the Caldera highway.

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