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Peace Begins with Her - Inside Out Group Activation

Start date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Event location: 
United Nations Visitors Entrance - 46th St & 1st Ave, New York City

We invite you to celebrate the remarkable role of women building and protecting peace around the world for an exciting Inside Out action at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on 25 October in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

October 2023 marks 23 years since the adoption of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, which for the first time recognized the importance of women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace efforts. Despite progress, women’s rights around the world are still under threat.

“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

The month of October is an occasion to recognize and promote the important role of women building and protecting peace around the world: as local peace advocates and community members, politicians, mediators, and UN peacekeepers who shape a future where peace is by and for everybody, everywhere. 

50 giant portraits will be pasted on the pavement in front of the United Nations Visitors Entrance on the day of the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

At this special event, you will get a chance to add your voice to a call for peace, women’s rights and gender equality by having your portrait taken and added to the collection. But the art installation is temporary so make sure not to miss it! Please join us in the global movement to celebrate the role of women in building and protecting peace!

Inside Out is a platform that helps communities around the world stand up for what they believe in and spark global change locally. Anyone in the world can create an “Inside Out Action” by displaying large-scale black and white portraits of members of their community in public spaces. The project was founded by renowned artist JR in 2011. Over the past decade, more than 500,000 people spanning 152 countries and territories have participated in the Inside Out Project.