On Thursday, October 16th, UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) hosted a screening of the new HBO documentary, Private Violence. The UN Alliance of Civilizations sponsored the event. Guests gathered at 6:00pm in ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations and were treated to a pre-screening program, which included touching remarks from Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and patron of UNWFPA, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, chair of UNWFPA, Elizabeth Flores Flake, the Ambassador of Honduras the UN, Kit Gruelle, a producer and one of the subjects of the documentary, and Cynthia Hill, the director. Fox’s Uma Pemmaraju emceed the brief program. 

The event was attended by distinguished guests from HBO, the United Nations, academia, and the private sector.

Private Violence is a documentary focusing on domestic violence in America. It highlights the personal experiences of Deanna Walter and Kit Gruelle and challenges many entrenched and misleading assumptions. The film provides a lens into a world that is largely invisible. Immensely powerful, Private Violence is being screened at various locations across the country.

 UN Women for Peace Association, founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, seeks to promote and advance the goals of UN agencies who provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational, and empowerment programs under the banner of a global peace building process. All of UNWFPA’s proceeds go directly to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which aims to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services and programs to those affected by violence, and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on such violence.