Launched through a Hybrid Event held on the 30th of March, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in an Era of Human Fragility Virtual Exhibition chronicles the journeys of women peacebuilders and allies as they fight for inclusive peace. The evening hosted by Cindy Bishop, and coordinated by UNDP’s flagship initiative N-Peace, featured peacebuilders from Asia working at grassroots, national and regional levels to accelerate implementation of the WPS Agenda. The in-person event was held at House on Sathorn, a landmark in Bangkok, and the virtual experience is still accessible here.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to stark focus humanity’s relationship with the digital world, with the proliferation of online gendered hate speech and misinformation exacerbating social cohesion concerns at community and national levels. It also highlighted how fragile global socio-economic an political systems are to health and climate risks, as well as, the cumulative impact of these factors to international peace and security.
The human security crisis has highlighted women on the frontlines of emergency response, and the WPS champions supporting the call for greater inclusion and resilient societies. The exhibition chronicles the journeys of these peacebuilders as told by them - their struggles, their triumphs, and their continued search for equality of voice in human security decision-making.
About N-Peace: The N-Peace Initiative is a UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub flagship, which works to amplify the voices and work of women peacebuilders and WPS champions in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal,Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. It is a network of 126 peacebuilders, and 43 civil society organizations reaching over 53,000 direct beneficiaries; united under one call: meaningful inclusion of women in human security decision-making.
Faced with emerging challenges of complex security and peace obstacles and emerging exacerbators of conflict such as the climate crisis, health security concerns, extremism, and the rise of hate-speech and gendered misinformation, N-Peace works with this vast network to support women’s peacebuilding and mediation to respond to the intersectional hurdles they face.