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Photo exhibition in Paris: Women Facing War

16-02-2004 News Release 04/15

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March), the town hall of the first arrondissement in the heart of Paris is hosting an exhibition of ICRC photos on the theme Women Facing War, which is due to open on 17 February.

The aim of the exhibition, which features work by different artists including British photographer Nick Danziger, is to raise public awareness of the impact of armed conflict on the daily lives of women, whatever their circumstances – whether they are refugees or displaced persons, detainees, combatants, victims of sexual violence or heads of family because the men are off fighting, have been detained, are dead or have gone missing.

In addition to showing striking images of today's armed conflicts, Women Facing War draws attention to the obligation that the 191 States party to the Geneva Conventions have at all times to respect and ensure respect for international humanitarian law, which protects people who are not or are no longer taking part in hostilities. Both the general provisions of this body of law and the more specific ones protecting women must be complied with in order to put an end to pointless human suffering.

Also in Paris, a round-table debate will take place at the Forum des Images on 5 March, with the participation of representatives from various spheres of civil society who are concerned by the situation of women in armed conflict.


 For further information, please contact:  

 Frédéric Joli, ICRC Paris, tel. ++33 1 44 43 12 92  

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