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Women in the DR Congo celebrating the Goma peace agreement (Marie Frechon / UN Photo)

Women in the DR Congo celebrating the Goma peace agreement (Marie Frechon / UN Photo)

Protest against violence in Liberia(Christopher Herwig / UN Photos)

Protest against violence in Liberia
(Christopher Herwig / UN Photos)

Female UN soldier in mission in the DR Congo(Marie Frechon / UN Photos)

Female UN soldier in mission in the DR Congo
(Marie Frechon / UN Photos)

International Women´s Day in Cote d´Ivoire(Ky Chung / UN Photos)

International Women´s Day in Cote d´Ivoire
(Ky Chung / UN Photos)

Woman in Timor Leste(Martine Perret / UN Photos)

Woman in Timor Leste
(Martine Perret / UN Photos)

Female refugees in Darfur(Albert Gonzalez Farran / UN Photo)

Female refugees in Darfur
(Albert Gonzalez Farran / UN Photo)

Women in Burundi(Martine Perret / UN Photos)

Women in Burundi
(Martine Perret / UN Photos)

Girls in Sudan(Fred Noy / UN Photos)

Girls in Sudan
(Fred Noy / UN Photos)

Women in Timor Leste collecting garbage(Martine Perret / UN Photos)

Women in Timor Leste collecting garbage
(Martine Perret / UN Photos)

Girl in Timor-Leste. Credit: Martine Perre/UN Photo

Girl in Timor-Leste.
Credit: Martine Perre/UN Photo

There is bad news every day about wars, disasters, violence, poverty and misery all over the world. The aim of Visionews is to counter these depressing facts with hope and optimism.

 Visionews publishes positive stories about peace, the environment and gender justice from all over the world. These reports provide examples of successful commitment by courageous women and men. Visionews also collects examples of good practice from countries’ national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which was adopted in 2000 and calls for women to be included as equal participants at all levels of peace processes.

 Visionews is a global media cooperation project by the Verein zur Unterstützung der Aktivitäten von Friedensfrauen weltweit e.V. (Association to Support the Activities of PeaceWomen Across the Globe, Berlin); the Global Cooperation Council e.V., which funds the news agency Inter Press Service Deutschland (Berlin); and 1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe (Bern). The texts are written by professional journalists and reporters. It was only possible to start the project in October 2010 thanks to the generous support of the German foundations, filia.die frauenstiftung, Stiftung Apfelbaum and Stiftung Umverteilen. 

Visionews was awarded the Alternative Media Prize in Nuremberg in May 2012. It used the prize money to finance the Spanish version of its website. In October 2012, 33 selected Visionews stories were published as a book in German, “Gute Nachrichten – wie Frauen und Männer weltweit Kriege beenden und die Umwelt retten“ (“Good News – How Women and Men are Ending Wars and Saving the Environment Worldwide”) by the initiator of Visionews, Ute Scheub, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.  

 

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