Photo story: Between war and peace | The Daily Star
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WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY

Photo story: Between war and peace

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Women experience war differently from men. They see firsthand the unique impact that conflict, increased militarization and violent extremism has on their communities, their families, and their own bodies. Less visible than the headlines, however, is how women carry on in spite of violence that may surround them: they seek education, continue careers, and raise families — sometimes traveling long distances to bring their children to safety. They are also working to prevent conflict and extremism, and work as activists, judges, and government officials.

In the words of peace activist Sanam Anderlini, “wherever war and violence exist, women exist — and they have things to tell us.” As the United Nations and the world continue to seek solutions to global security crises and strive to build sustainable peace, it is our hope that these images serve as a reminder of the many ways women are working to prevent conflict and secure a sustainable peace.

NIGERIA. Lagos. 2006. Dora Akunyili, Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, stands in the charred remains of her former office, torched by arsonists in 2004. In 2003 she survived an assassination attempt by gunmen with AK-47s. Today, the insurgent group Boko Haram has killed civilians, abducted women and girls, and destroyed homes and schools. In countering the rise of violent extremism, women’s participation helps: they are often the first to identify signs of radicalisation and act to intervene. ©Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos

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