UN / PEACE BEGINS WITH HER

25-Oct-2023 00:04:20
A photo exhibition called ‘Peace Begins with Her’ took place to mark the 23rd anniversary of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PEACE BEGINS WITH HER
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Various shots, exhibition Peace Begins with Her
2. SOUNDBITE (English) UN Women Executive Director, Sima Bahous:
“Peace begins with women. We salute them. We salute the courage, their resilience, their resourcefulness and also we salute the outcomes of the work which eventually we will bring sustainable peace, development and sustainable, peaceful societies throughout the world.”
3. Various shots, exhibition Peace Begins with Her
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, United Nations:
“Having more women in peacekeeping and having more empowerment of women in peacekeeping setting is critically important because you cannot build sustainable peace without women. And peacekeeping operations need to be reflecting the reality of the communities in which we serve. These communities are 50 percent women and 50 percent men. So we have an obligation to work towards gender parity in our mission.”
5. Various shots, exhibition Peace Begins with Her
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, United Nations:
“The role of women is essential in peace operations, both because we must have more women in our operations to be compatible with the reality of the communities in which we serve which are necessarily composed of women and men, and also because we must work to ensure that women in conflict situations are agents of peace. And this is the reason why our peacekeepers on the ground and also our civilian colleagues make a lot of effort to work with women's groups, communities to ensure that women are not relegated to a role or to a situation of passivity while women are very affected by conflicts.”
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« Le rôle de femmes est essentiel dans les opérations de paix, à la fois parce que nous devons avoir plus de femmes dans nos opérations pour être en compatibilité avec la réalité des communautés dans lesquelles nous servons qui sont forcément composés par des femmes et des hommes, et aussi parce que nous devons travailler pour fair en sorte que les femmes que sont dans les situations de conflit soient des acteurs de la paix. Et c’est la raison por laquelle nos casques bleus sur le terrain et aussi nos collègues civils font beaucoup d’efforts pour travailler avec les groups de femmes, les communautés pour fair en sorte qu’elles ne soient pas reléguées a un rôle ou à une situation de passivité alors que les femmes sont très affectées par les conflits. »
7. Various shots, exhibition Peace Begins with Her
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mauro Vieira, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil:
“Peace begins with her because women in whichever activity they take part, they give the best of themselves, and they help to implement all important decisions to help people in need.”
9. Various shots, exhibition Peace Begins with Her
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ivana Mara, UN Peacekeeper from Brazil:
“Peace begins with her. Peace begins with us. Peace begins with United Nations. And I think the United Nations is doing the best they can in order to provide these women with support, to provide these women a better life. So that's what we're doing.”
11. Various shots, exhibition Peace Begins with Her
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A photo exhibition called ‘Peace Begins with Her’ took place today (25 Oct) to mark the 23rd anniversary of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

The exhibition was organized by the Department of Peace Operations, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, UN Women and the Elsie Initiative Fund.

Speaking at the exhibition, UN Women Executive Director, Sima Bahous said, “Peace begins with women. We salute them. We salute the courage, their resilience, their resourcefulness and also we salute the outcomes of the work which eventually we will bring sustainable peace, development and sustainable, peaceful societies throughout the world.”

UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said, “Having more women in peacekeeping and having more empowerment of women in peacekeeping setting is critically important because you cannot build sustainable peace without women.”

He continued, “peacekeeping operations need to be reflecting the reality of the communities in which we serve,” reiterating that “we have an obligation to work towards gender parity in our mission.”

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, whose country is holding the presidency of the Security Council this month, said, “Peace begins with her because women in whichever activity they take part, they give the best of themselves, and they help to implement all important decisions to help people in need.”

Brazilian peacekeeper Ivana Mara was also at the exhibition.

She said, “Peace begins with her. Peace begins with us. Peace begins with United Nations.”

Recalling her days in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Brazilian peacekeeper said, “the United Nations is doing the best they can in order to provide these women with support, to provide these women a better life. So that's what we're doing.”

A mosaic of 50 giant-sized portraits are pasted on the pavement in front of the United Nations Headquarters as a reminder of the powerful but often ignored voices of women in peace efforts.

From Afghanistan to Colombia, Cyprus to South Sudan, the powerful portraits of UN peacekeepers, local peace activists and peacebuilders will welcome the public to the United Nations as Security Council members meet to assess trends on women’s participation at the annual debate on WPS that day.
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