Congo/Women Exhibition

Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo

The brutality and scale of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo almost defies imagination.

But Congo/Women, an international photography exhibition and educational campaign, compels viewers to acknowledge and respond on some level to the suffering endured by women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to recognize the human faces behind it. Accompanying essays contextualize the impact of the crisis from a range of perspectives.

Congo/Women has been shown in cities across the United States, and in the lobby of the United Nations during the General Assembly's commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development in October 2009. [See UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's statement at the exhibition opening.] It traveled widely throughout the United States and England in 2010, and will continue to tour in the United States and Europe during 2011.

This multimedia slide show juxtaposes the photographs with reactions of persons viewing them in a variety of venues. See brochure for additional details about the exhibit and about the scourge of gender-based violence.


The exhibition was produced by Art Works Projects and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Columbia College Chicago. Major support for Congo/Women has been provided by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, Humanity United, Oak Foundation and Leadership Donors of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Columbia College Chicago.