In 2006, Vital Voices connected seven award-winning female playwrights with seven extraordinary women leaders in our Global Leadership Network. Inspired by their tales of triumph, the playwrights gave voice to these women’s experiences and produced a documentary play, SEVEN.

Through the powerful medium of theater, true stories of leadership and courage come to life, illustrating that women in diverse corners of the world are overcoming tremendous odds to advance peace, justice and freedom. The women profiled in SEVEN and their respective playwrights include:

Farida Azizi, Afghanistan | Playwright: Ruth Margraff

Mu Sochua, Cambodia | Playwright: Catherine Filloux

Anabella de Leon, Guatemala | Playwright: Gail Kriegel

Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria |  Playwright: Anna Deavere Smith

Inez McCormack, Northern Ireland |  Playwright: Carol K. Mack

Mukhtar Mai, Pakistan |  Playwright: Susan Yankowitz

Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Russia |  Playwright: Paula Cizmar

Premiered in New York City, SEVEN has been translated into 23 languages, with 150 performances staged in 28 countries.

The production has garnered international acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Award-winning actresses, including Meryl Streep and Shohreh Aghdashloo, have lent their talents to stage readings of SEVEN.

Watch: SEVEN trailer with an introduction by Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg.

Read about productions of SEVEN in New Delhi, India and Istanbul, Turkey. Visit the SEVEN website and see upcoming tour dates here.

Engage with SEVEN through social media. Visit Twitter, Facebook and their March to MARCH Facebook page.

Journalist Zain Verjee with New Delhi production of SEVEN, 2010