In Their Hands


Women across the globe are actively preventing conflict and building peace. As peacebuilders, decision-makers, changemakers and activists, women around the world have mediated with armed groups, negotiated and helped implement peace agreements, advanced political solutions, advocated for women’s rights and participation, led protest movements, built social cohesion and pushed for peaceful transitions from conflict to peace.

Yet, women are still frequently excluded from formal peace processes and decision-making. Their diverse experiences, knowledge and expertise often go unrecognized.

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted its landmark resolution 1325, which recognized for the first time the importance of, and the need to strengthen, women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation in peace and political processes.

Twenty years and ten resolutions later, there has been progress but this promise has not been fully realized. Through this interactive exhibition, we invite you to discover some of the many women bringing and maintaining peace in the Middle East, South America and Africa.

And who better to capture their efforts than women photographers who share their struggles?

“Today, let’s be clear, women’s leadership is a cause. We must make it a norm. That is how we will transform international peace and security.”

- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Exhibition details

This multimedia installation is created by the United Nations Department of Peace Operationsthe United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs together with UNWomen and in partnership with Photoville.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of the peacekeeping missions, political missions and UNWomen offices in the Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Mali, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen. 

With special thanks to our sponsors: The Permanent Missions of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Kenya, and Kenya Airways.