SEMA portraits at the UN Action Exhibition, New York 

This exhibition, a Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) Survivor’s Journey, is presented by the United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) Network on the 9th International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2023. This network is a body of 24 UN entities, hosted under the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The exhibition was organised in collaboration with SEMA, the Mukwege Foundation, frontline service providers, Women’s Protection Advisers, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Government of Japan, the Government of Norway, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, and VMLY&R. 

Credit: UNFPA Guatemala and UN Photo | Albert Gonzalez Farran

Credit: Rachel Corner. Design: UNFPA Guatemala and UN Photo | Albert Gonzalez Farran

Breaking the Silence: Turning Pain into Power

SEMA features in UN Action’s Exhibition under Stage 3: Agents of Change – Survivors’ Political Participation in Peacebuilding and Development Efforts.

The exhibition features SEMA portraits taken by the documentary photographer, Rachel Corner, whose works highlight humanitarian crises across the world. These images show strong survivors who want the world to get acquainted with their stories and show their faces to break the circle of silence and stigma.

Alongside the photos, a video showcasing SEMA’s songs Little Bird and Solidarity is being showcased.