Participate’s landmark exhibition ‘Work With Us’ makes it to the United Nations

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Vivienne Benson

The Work With Us exhibition is back up (3-7 March) and this time we’re inside the UN headquarters in New York. The exhibition, hosted by Participate in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and supported by Irish Aid, coincides with a busy time for UN policy-makers meeting this week to discuss their next steps towards a post-2015 development framework. While the Open Working Group (OWG) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is expected to begin the serious business of identifying specific goals and targets, the President of United Nations General Assembly (PGA) will be debating the Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post‐2015 Development Agenda.

The Work With Us exhibition is a timely reminder of the importance of placing the voices of those most affected by poverty and exclusion at the heart of global decision-making processes. Through documentary, participatory video and photography, it tells the stories from people living on the margins, and de monstrates the obstacles, complexities, and impossible choices of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in developing countries. The exhibition strives to bring these stories to policymakers in a creative and thoughtful way, while keeping the message as honest and undiluted as possible.

Work With Us Exhibition in UN

Work With Us displays the vision for change of those that experience living in poverty and marginalisation – the very people that should be influencing policy. Now that the exhibition, is inside the UN, we’re hoping their voices are that bit closer to being heard.

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