Posted by: Ana Monroy | January 9, 2012

16 Days of Activism: Peace Houses Around the World

This past month, UNHCR offices around the world celebrated the 21st anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-based Violence. Beginning 25 November, International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women, and ending 10 December, International Human Rights Day, UNHCR field staff and persons of concern organized and participated in a variety of events and activities intended to raise awareness and address sexual and gender-based violence, which disproportionately affects women and girls. UNHCR decided to mark this year’s 16 Days theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World,” by creating peace quilt homes made up of individually-designed squares of words and images reflecting ways of achieving peace in the home.  Here are a few examples of Peace Houses from Headquarters in Geneva and our offices in Burundi, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Congo and Togo:

Peace Houses in Bujumbura, Burundi

Peace Tukul (traditional house) in Fugnido, Ethiopia

Peace House in Amman, Jordan

Peace House in Kyrgyzstan

Peace House in Betou, Republic of Congo

Peace House in Impfondo, Republic of Congo

Peace House in UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

Peace House in Lome, Togo

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