Women's Center hosts '1000 PeaceWomen' exhibit

Exhibit opens Jan. 16 and advocates making women's roles as peace builders more visible | December 11, 2007

The Women’s Center is hosting “1000 PeaceWomen,” an exhibit aimed at connecting and strengthening women's peace efforts around the globe so that a strong, cross-sectoral and global women's peace movement will emerge. The exhibit opens on Jan. 16 at the Women's Center and is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission to the exhibit is free.

"1000 PeaceWomen" is an effort by PeaceWomen Across the Globe, working to make women’s roles as peace builders more visible, more recognized and better supported globally. This work is important because, despite important international instruments to protect women's rights, women continue to be marginalized and excluded from decision making, especially where there is violence and poverty. Women peace-builders must have greater influence in peace negotiations, policy development, peacekeeping operations and formal decision making, not just because it is their civil and political right, but because their rich experience and holistic approach to peace is invaluable to securing a future that is sustainable and just for us all.

The group challenges the narrow definition of peace as simply the absence of war. Effective peace-building is a long-term pursuit of justice and human security. This is the combination of economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community (cultural) security and political security.

“'1000 PeaceWomen' serves as a powerful educational tool showcasing the complexity of peace and women involved in peace movements," says Jennifer Wies, director for the Women’s Center. "The stories of hope and activism will resonate with individuals of all ages and across diverse groups. It truly exemplifies how we can be people for others in our local and global communities.”