International Advocate for Peace Award 2004

Eve Ensler Receives the Fifth Annual International Advocate for Peace Award

Playwright Eve Ensler, who’s revolutionized awareness of women’s issues through her Obie Award-winning work The Vagina Monologues and her nonprofit organization V-Day, received the Fifth Annual International Advocate for Peace Award. The award is a student-run initiative and was presented to Ensler by The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution (CJCR) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) on May 6, 2004, in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University , 55 Fifth Avenue at 12 th Street , New York City .

“This award recognizes and celebrates the efforts of those who dedicate their lives to achieving peace and resolving worldwide conflicts. Ms. Ensler ‘s international campaign to eliminate widespread genocide of and violence against women through nonviolent means is a testament to the true spirit of this award,” said Seth Lieberman , CJCR editor-in-chief.

“In this age of escalating terror and violence, Ms. Ensler has traveled to over 40 countries, spreading the message of peace and working for the empowerment of women. Her dedication and devotion to stopping worldwide violence against women and girls is both admirable and unprecedented,” said Darren Seilback , ILSA president.

The International Advocate for Peace Award was created in 1999 by CJCR and ILSA in the spirit of the Law School ‘s namesake, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo , who recognized the profound importance of freedom of expression in advocating for peace. Previous winners include Archbishop Desmond Tutu , President William Jefferson Clinton , Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke , Senator George J. Mitchell , and John Wallach for Seeds of Peace .

The Vagina Monologues has been translated into more than 35 languages and has been performed all over the world. The play celebrates women’s sexuality and strength while revealing the horrors many women must endure. For the past six years, Ensler has donated proceeds from ticket sales to the effort to end violence toward women and girls. She has since garnered more than $20 million for international organizations. Her founding of V-Day, celebrated annually on Valentine’s Day, has grown into a global movement helping anti-violence organizations continue and expand their efforts. In 2004, more than 2000 V-Day benefits were held, including a student production of The Vagina Monologues to benefit Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is well known for its high profile faculty as well as top ranked programs in intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, corporate and criminal law, entertainment and communications law, legal theory, and international law. Cardozo has graduated more than 8,000 students since its founding in 1976.