During World War II, women worked in factories, drove trucks, ran artillery mounts, and destroyed the enemy in the sky. The Women at War exhibition, which was opened at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, is intended to recall the role of women in one of the most tragic periods in human history.
The exhibition presents photographs of Soviet women who took an active part in the hostilities, and also carried out hard work in the rear. Among the heroines of the exposition are representatives of almost all Soviet republics of that time, including the most successful female sniper in world history, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who destroyed 309 enemy soldiers and officers, and Darriya Kashfieva, one of the legendary "night witches", pilots of the 46th aviation a regiment that made night sorties and, before diving into enemy positions, who disconnected the engines of their aircraft, so that the Nazis would not hear them approaching.
Opening the exhibition, the head of the UN stressed that the history of war is the history of women. “This exposition is the evidence of their courage and irreplaceability,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
The exhibition is organized by the missions of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and is dedicated to Victory Day.
Speaking at the opening, the Secretary General recalled that today there are a lot of women working in UN peacekeeping missions around the world, including in leadership positions.
“We will not be able to achieve peace and our common goals without the full and equal participation of women,” said the Secretary General.