The 2018 Peace Prize Exhibition opened in Addis Ababa
Official opening of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition in Addis Ababa marks the AU’s campaign against gender-based violence.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by AU’s Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Ms Bineta Diop and the Nobel Peace Center’s Executive Director Liv Tørres outside the African Union Commission Tuesday. The exhibition "The Body as a Battlefield" is a version of the exhibition that was opened in Oslo last December, and is showing in Addis Ababa in a cooperation between the African Union Commission, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the African Union and the Nobel Peace Center.
One year ago, on 10 December 2018, Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for their fight against sexual violence as weapon of war. The day after the ceremony, Mukwege opened the exhibition The Body as a Battlefield at the Nobel Peace Center. Created by the Nobel Peace Center in cooperation with photographer Cristina de Middel, it highlights the work of the two laureates and tells the story about how sexual violence has been, and still is, used as a weapon of war worldwide.
A momentum for support
“The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 provided visibility to the struggle against gender-based violence as a strategic weapon of war. This struggle must not end, and perpetrators must be held responsible. Our hope is that the exhibition will help bring the message out to the world and create a momentum for increased understanding and support internationally”, said Liv Tørres, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.
The AU is running the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December. The opening of the exhibition The Body as a Battlefield is a center-piece of the AU campaign.
“We believe that showing this exhibition here in Addis Ababa will further increase efforts against sexual violence in war and conflict, as well as the essential work of support for victims”, said Ambassador Morten Aasland, Permanent Mission of Norway to the African Union.The exhibition The Body as a Battlefield will be on display outside the African Union Commission until 14 December. It will also be showing at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo through April 2020, together with the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition 2019, which will be opened by Nobel laureate and Prime Minister of Ethiopa Abiy Ahmed Ali on 11 December.