How can we build sustainable peace in South-East Asia? The answer is very complex, but more and more people are starting to recognize that it can’t be done unless we involve women in all efforts to prevent, resolve and recover from conflicts.
In this exhibition, Peace Together: Inspiring Peacebuilders Promoting Gender Equality and Sustainable Peace in Southeast Asia, we meet 21 extraordinary people who have made lives better in homes and communities, and across the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and beyond.
ASEAN launched its Regional Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security in December 2022; these stories and photos show what we can do to make this agenda a reality in the day-to-day lives of people.
The 21 leaders profiled here come from various backgrounds and areas of work, but the core message of the women, peace and security agenda – “No peace without women” – is echoed across all stories.
This exhibition is part of UN Women’s project (2021-2025), Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: Preventing Violence and Promoting Social Cohesion in ASEAN, funded by the Governments of Canada and the Republic of Korea.
Peace Together: Inspiring Peacebuilders Promoting Gender Equality and Sustainable Peace in South-East Asia
UN Women thanks the 21 peacebuilders profiled here who shared their stories so as to motivate others to join the movement towards more peaceful and just communities. We also thank the photographers who captured these stories in the cities and countryside of the 10 countries of ASEAN.
We thank the Satu Bumi Jaya team based in Bali, Indonesia for their creative design of content, storytelling and development of this exhibition.
This exhibition was created under a partnership between ASEAN and UN Women and funded by the Governments of Canada and the Republic of Korea. This initiative was made possible under the leadership of Cambodia as the Chair of ASEAN in 2022, particularly the strategic guidance and continuous support from the ASEAN Committee on Women Cambodia. Special thanks must be given to the ASEAN Secretariat Poverty, Eradication and Gender Division for supporting the coordination of this initiative.
And for their support on this exhibition, we also thank (in alphabetical order of family names):