Culture plays an important part in society through its role of illustrating and informing through images, films and stories. Statistically, half of the women in Europe have been beaten, raped or sexually abused, often by a man in their vicinity. I want to present an image of this ugly truth through culture, to raise awareness and create engagement among EU-citizens, so that they can, in their own capacity, work for change for the women of Europe.
By setting up Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues in the European Parliament in 2011 I, together with my eight colleagues, demanded all people’s rights to safety and security in the EU.
In 2010, I also took the play Seven to Brussels, which was set up in a collaboration with the Swedish National Theatre, Riksteatern, to highlight the lives of seven female human rights activists from different parts of the world.
There I played Mu Sochua who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight against sex trafficking in Cambodia. I also participated in the manifestation One Billion Rising, which was a flashmob dance in the European Parliament with the aim to raise awareness about violence against women and to promote justice and gender equality.