Aware Girls is one winner of the N-Peace CSO Awards for a cross-border initiative working with young women and girls

We are pleased to announce the winners of the N-Peace civil society organization (CSO) awards and small grants. After a careful vetting process, shortlisted applications for the CSO awards and grants were submitted to our judges for consideration. Applications were accepted under three categories

  • Local Initiatives to address sub-national level challenges on Women, Peace and Security (one award for each of the participating countries);
  • Youth-Led Initiatives that galvanize action on-the-ground based on challenges young people face relating to Women, Peace and Security (one award); and
  • Cross-border Initiatives to address cross-border challenges and/or facilitate South-South learning and networking (one award).

The applications submitted to N-Peace demonstrate the scope of the work implemented by civil society in the Asia and Pacific region relating to Women, Peace and Security.

The Kadtabanga Foundation will be presented with a NSO Award and small grant for their work in the Philippines

The online voting campaign was conducted between 4th – 31st June 2018. During this time, 5,053 people registered to vote, and of these, a total of 2,937 votes were verified. Votes were cast from over 69 countries. The campaign hashtag #NPeaceAwards achieved almost a million timeline deliveries on Twitter, while on Facebook, over 12,000 users engaged with campaign posts featuring advocacy messages on Women, Peace and Security.

Based on votes cast by the public, the top contenders were submitted to our judges for further evaluation. This year’s judges were Steve Killelea/ David Hammond (Institute for Economics and Peace), Barbara Navarro (Google Asia Pacific), Prakash Jha (independent film maker), Vrinda Grover (human rights activist), and Leymah Gbowee (Liberian Peace Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner).

Many thanks also to the UNDP Country Offices in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, and our partner Canada for their continued support.

The Umang Development Foundation working in Pakistan to address gender based violence

CSO Award Winners

Local Level Initiatives

Radio Azad (Afghanistan)– For their proposal to provide wide-scale radio programming, engaging gender advocates and legal experts in issues relating to the empowerment of women in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan

Asian Muslims Action Network (AMAN) Foundation (Indonesia)– For implementing inter-faith dialogues between Muslims and Buddhists, and continued promotion of alternative readings of religious texts to promote the prevention of extremism.

Umang Development Foundation (Pakistan) – Addressing gender-based violence at a grassroots level through awareness programmes, as well as their proposed plan to provide legal support to women affected by violence

Freed Kamaiya Women Development Fund (Nepal) – For their work on championing the rights of former bonded labourers (Kamaiya)

Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates (the Philippines)- For their commitment to ensure the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is inclusive of the experiences of female ex-combatants

Towards Responsive Citizens (Sri Lanka)– For their continued efforts to democratize Constitutional rights, by providing legal training and support for women affected by violence in Eastern and Central Sri Lanka

Youth-Led Initiatives

Youth Association and Development (Pakistan) – For mobilizing the youth to work on some of the most sensitive issues in Baluchistan including child marriage, gender-based violence, and violent extremism, in addition to their attempts to roll out this model to reach a wider audience in Pakistan

Cross-Border

Aware Girls (Pakistan and Afghanistan) – For their continued work in facilitating cross-border peace initiatives between Pakistan and Afghanistan through the engagement and inclusion of girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 35 in peace processes

Association of War-Affected Women (Sri Lanka) – For their proposed initiative to encourage knowledge sharing between countries to address the challenges faced in Sri Lanka in the context of Women, Peace and Security

These CSO Award will receive small grants of up to $10,000 USD to implement inclusive peacebuilding projects proposed in the applications they submitted in March 2018.

The Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies is among several CSOs that will receive partial funding for their project proposals

Other notable organizations who will receive partial funding

Local Initiatives

Nepal:

Digo Bikash Samaj – For their transformative work in women’s empowerment and efforts to educate communities in Kailali District about the effects of gender-based violence.

Samabeshi Foundation – For influencing policies to eliminate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

Pakistan:

Peace and Justice Network – Providing accessible justice and encouraging traditional dispute resolution mechanisms  to ensure the equal dissemination of Constitutional rights and freedoms

Society for Mobilizing Advocacy and Justice (SMAAJ) – For their compelling work with women affected by honour killings through the provision of counselling, psycho-social programmes and their proposal to implement  awareness workshops in the poorest communities of Baluchistan

Sri Lanka:

Women's Resource Centre – For engaging with war widows from different ethnicities to address not only their shared legal grievances, but also the root causes of ethnic conflict

Afghanistan:

Women, Peace and Studies Organization (WPSO) – For promoting and training women as peace negotiators, and their proposal to conduct influential research on women’s roles within the framework of peace and security in Afghanistan.

Indonesia:

Natural Aceh – For their efforts to reduce the vulnerabilities of women in the semi-autonomous Banda Aceh Province of Indonesia through lobbying for their increased participation in government, and plans to provide support to female headed households

Cross-Border Initiatives

Asian Muslims Action Network (AMAN) Foundation (Myanmar and Sri Lanka) – For leading gender inclusive policy changes at the regional Asia-Pacific and global levels

Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (Pakistan and Afghanistan) – For their proposal to conduct cross-border research, primarily between Afghanistan and Pakistan, to help provide a safe space for academics, government, and CSOs to engage in dialogues on peace in the region

Youth-Led Initiatives

Public Awareness Time Hour Organization (PATH-O) (Afghanistan) – For their work with children and youth in peacebuilding, focusing on inclusion in political processes and plans to lobby for the freedom of expression in Afghan youth

Social Development Coordination Center (SDCC) (Nepal) – For leading youth initiatives that engage children and young women in tackling gender issues, such the dowry system, education, health, and hygiene as well as planned dialogues to further empower girls in Parsa District

Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network (AYIPN) (Philippines) – Mobilizing youth in dialogues on Women, Peace and Security in the agrarian Cagayan Valley, as well as proposed plans to provide protection for women’s rights advocates in the region

Cordilleran Youth Center (CYC) (Philippines) – Engaging the youth in the rural communities of Cordilleran in Northern Luzon in dialogues around their political participation potential, and their proposal to hold dialogues addressing the unequal distribution of resources as one of the root causes of conflict

N-Peace would like to thank all CSOs that submitted proposals for the small grants and awards, and congratulate our winners. We look forward to working with you over the coming year to ensure the Women, Peace and Security Agenda continues to be mainstreamed in the Asia region.

For more information on the N-Peace awards, please go to our website, follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #NPeaceAwards, or like us on Facebook.

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