UNDP and supporters celebrate the peacebuilding achievements of 11 N-Peace Award 2017 winners

Jan 8, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand - Eleven gender equality advocates, women leaders, and champions for peacebuilding will be recognised for their achievements at the annual N-Peace Awards Gala hosted by the United Nations Development Programme.

The N-Peace awards recognise peacebuilders’ efforts for women at the grassroots level. The winners support services for women affected by post-conflict violence, access to education and training services, campaigning for more women in local and national leadership positions, and advocating for women’s rights in conflict-ridden areas in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Throughout the region, these N-Peace winners have been at the frontline of peacebuilding solutions and advocacy,” says Ms. Valerie Cliff, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific. “UNDP is honoured to be a part of their journey towards securing long-lasting peace in their communities,” she added.  

Ms. Cliff, who will be one of the key speakers of the event, says that over the last seven years, N-Peace has become a well-known regional platform for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Last year, over 75 per cent of awardees reported greater involvement in formal or informal peace processes.

Prominent Thai actress, model, and television presenter Cindy Sirinya Bishop, who has supported the N-Peace Awards for the last four years, will host the awards ceremony.

N-Peace (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) is a multi-country initiative managed by UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Institute for Inclusive Security.

It aims to recognise the powerful hands-on work of people who embody the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The stories of the award winners have  accrued significant social media outreach across the region.

This year, eleven winners under three categories were recognised from seven participating countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines).

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The winners in the ‘Untold Stories Award’ category include seven women who have been advocating for peace in their communities at the grassroots level:

Sayeeda Muradi (Afghanistan): A manager for a programme training women peace Shuras for conflict resolution within families and communities at tribal and district levels.

Rahmatan (Indonesia): A humanitarian aid worker, sexual violence counsellor and campaigner for women’s judicial rights in post-war Ache.

Srijana Karki (Nepal): A violence against women and girls campaigner and support service provider for women in hr district, Dolakha.

Farhat Sajjad (Pakistan): A leader in women’s training and skills teaching to support their economic empowerment - a process that has resulted in bringing together disparate communities to learn from one another.  

Hadja Giobay Diocolano (the Philippines): A local leader and transformer of former combatants and youths into Peace Advocates.

Bernadine Anderson (Sri Lanka): A passionate Montessori-following founder of a holistic school working towards child-soldier rehabilitation.

Tuan Cer Sung “Cheery” Zahau (Myanmar): A human rights advocate, feminist, and prominent voice for women of marginalised ethnic groups.

In the Peace Generation Award category, the winners include two youths working for social cohesion and gender equality:

Suraya Yosufi (Afghanistan): A key figure working towards increasing the number of young women debaters in national and international socio-political debating tournaments.

Sharif Shah Safi (Afghanistan): A gender equality advocate, lecturer and debate programmer, providing a stage for women and youth to speak and be heard.

Finally, the Campaigning for Action Award recognises one man and one woman advocating for the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The winners are:

Farhat Asif (Pakistan): A prominent academic who brings together government officials, NGOs, think-tanks and educational institutions to raise the importance of women’s involvement in peace negotiations.

Gunawan (Indonesia): An individual at the forefront of women’s economic empowerment and involvement in local leadership positions.

The Gala will be followed by a workshop for the winners, to gain knowledge and skills to aid women’s role in conflict prevention, resolution, and peace building.

The event is supported by the Canadian government. H.E. Ms. Donica Pottie, the Canadian Ambassador to Thailand says, “Canada is proud to partner with UNDP and N Peace to recognize the significant contributions made by this year’s award winners to promoting peace in their communities. Sustainable peace is only possible when women are fully involved in conflict resolution and these awardees are ensuring that women’s voices are heard. Efforts to promote Women, Peace, and Security are at the heart of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and we are proud to work with partners to support more inclusive, gender equal, and peaceful societies.”

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Mailee Osten-Tan (Gender Equality Communications and Knowledge Management) mailee.ostentan@undp.org

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