A charity performance of the award-winning play The Vagina Monologues at RMIT will feature leading lawyer and alumnus, Dr Beth Wilson AM.
All proceeds from ticket sales to the Storey Hall performance will go to the Centre Against Sexual Assault, which runs a program in schools to create respectful relationships, and to V-Day which runs a worldwide anti violence campaign.
The show on Tuesday, 29 April, will feature some of Melbourne's leading lawyers including Dr Wilson, a former Health Services Commissioner who received an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 from RMIT for her contributions to health education.
Dr Wilson's career trajectory has been inspiring - combining law, medicine, librarianship, education and dispute resolution since leaving school at the age of 15 and then returning to study as a mature age student many years later, juggling factory shifts with lectures.
The passionate social justice campaigner received a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for "significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services".
Dr Wilson is certainly not afraid to break the rules and dare say the "V-word" on stage.
She was a member of a professional body called Feminist Lawyers, which fought for sexual equality for both clients and those who represented them.
"As Health services Commissioner I dealt with complaints made by many women about botched procedures including what the cosmetic industry describes as 'genital enhancement' - genital mutilation might be more accurate," Dr Wilson said.
"One of the many reasons why the industry gets away with this nonsense is because we are not supposed to talk about vaginas in public.
"Most women have no idea what their under bits look like and airbrushed images can make them feel they are somehow not normal."
Dr Wilson is performing alongside many of Melbourne's leading lawyers, including former Equal Opportunity commissioner Moira Rayner, Member for Melbourne Jennifer Kanis and barrister Hilary Bonney, who is also a crime author and story consultant for ABC TV's Crownies.
They are in good company - Kate Winslet, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jerry Hall have all taken part in the show in New York, Los Angeles and London.
"Rehearsing with such a fabulous bunch of women has been a real delight," Dr Wilson said.
"We were a little shy at first but good humour, great guidance from our directors and a terrific script has helped us to be really relaxed with each other and with material that is potentially quite confronting at times.
"All we need now is an enthusiastic audience to support us, have a great night out and help to prevent violence against woman."
Eve Ensler's witty and provocative play is based on her "vagina interviews" with women from around the world and since 1998, more than $75 million for women's anti-violence groups has been raised through benefit performances.
Dr Wilson said that an alarmingly high number of women still faced violence - one in three that we know about - and when women were subjected to violence this often involved children as well.
She recalled seeing a young woman huddling in a bus shelter outside the County Court, her two kids held tightly against her body while an angry man, against whom she had an intervention order, screamed that he was going to murder them.
"I sat by her side until he left and I often wonder what happened to her," she said.
"When I take to the stage on the 29th of April I'll be doing so for her, her children and so many others."
The Vagina Monologues is at RMIT's Storey Hall, 342-344 Swanston Street, Melbourne at 8.30pm on Tuesday, 29 April
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