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ICRC photo exhibition in Monte Carlo

24-06-2004 News Release 04/75

Women Facing War, an ICRC photo exhibition that first opened in Amman at the end of 2002 under the auspices of Queen Rania of Jordan and has since travelled to Beirut, Geneva and Paris, will be shown in Monaco, in Grimaldi Forum during the 44th Monte Carlo Television Festival.


Ian Piper, ICRC, Bernard de La Villardière, producer and presenter of the programme "Zone Interdite" on M6, Mohini Ghaï, ICRC, HSH Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco, Nick Danziger, photographer with his daughter, Frédéric Joli, ICRC. 
 The exhibition will run from 26 June to 9 July, presenting pictures of women caught up in war: women victims of sexual violence, women who have been forcibly displaced, women who have been arrested, either because they were suspected of having collaborated with the enemy or because they took part in the fighting, women anxiously awaiting news of missing relatives and women who are now at the head of their households because their menfolk are off fighting, have been killed or are being held in detention. Most of the pictures were taken by Nick Danziger (winner of the World Press Photo 2004 best portrait award), who spent nine months travelling through several countries at war.

In showing these striking pictures, the ICRC wishes to draw 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 affords protection to women affected by armed violence.

Crown Prince Albert of Monaco, president of the Red Cross of Monaco and of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, will visit the exhibition on 28 June.

During the festival, the ICRC will also award, for the second year in a row, its press prize for the documentary or news programme that has best promoted the principles of international humanitarian law.

As guardian of the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC believes that the media, and television in particular, must play their part in systematically drawing attention to the obligation States have to protect all victims of armed conflict.

See also :   Interview with Frédéric Joli and Nick Danziger / More information on the exhibition    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Frédéric Joli, ICRC Paris, tel. : + 33 1 53 53 00 48 or + 33 6 81 87 01 73  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. : + 41 22 730 24 58 or + 41 79 217 32 24