For many years, the fight against violence against women is an issue that has been on the worldwide news agenda.

One of the recent reports is the Fritzl case, where Elisabeth Fritzl, 42, testified against her father, Josef Fritzl, who abused her for 24 years.

According to the Times Online, Josef Fritzl, has pleaded guilty on all accounts on the third day of his trial for murder, rape and incest.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.

Stories of women being physically, sexually and emotionally abused come from all around the world.

Places such as Mexico, Darfur, Afghanistan and Iraq have caught the attention of campaigns such as V-Day.

V-DAY: Stop violence against women

V-Day is a non-profit corporation and a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

To date, the campaign has raised over 60 million dollars, while educating many about the issues of violence against women.

On the V-Day website, their 'demand' reads: "Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now!"

This corporation raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright and founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues, as well as other artistic works.

Every year, V-Day has a spotlight campaign, which means that the campaign will highlight a particular area where they can focus their energy.

This year’s spotlight campaign looks at the atrocities committed against the women and girls of Democratic Republic of Congo.

On behalf of the spotlight campaign, this week the London School of Economics (LSE) Student Union Amnesty International society organised and performed the Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues is an Obie Award-winning episodic play, made up of a number of different monologues, which are read by a varying number of women.

The first Vagina Monologue was performed at the off-Broadway Westside Theatre in 1996. Eve Ensler, along with three other actresses, was one of the first to take part in it.

Every year a new monologue is added to highlight a current issue that is affecting women around the world. The monologues are usually performed around February and March.

The Vagina Monologues, which was performed at LSE, was a success. Not only was the auditorium fully booked, but it also managed to showcase the most important thing of all, speaking for and on behalf of women.

Let the world lend an ear

The following are words by some women around the world, who wish to contribute, no matter how small, a line anti violence against women.

"To all the women with the opportunity to use their voice; shout out loud" - Karoline Hjorth, Norway.

"All women around the world need to unite and start setting examples for each other. Be able to say no to accepting abuse as the norm" - Raquel Villanueva, USA.

"Just because we are not physically as strong as men, does not mean we cannot be mentally as strong, or stronger" - Emmy Guan, China

"Let's stick together and unite against violence against us" - Keeley Goodman, UK.

"Women are magicians. To give birth, be mothers, breadwinners, stay beautiful and still remain indispensable to all men out there? So love yourselves" - Odiche Iwunze, Nigeria.

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Vagina Monologues: no more violence

By Chinaka Iwunze