Asian women peace activists receive N-Peace Awards for their work in the frontlines of conflict
A “Princess of Hope” working for peace in the Philippines and a staunch women’s rights activist from Afghanistan are among the brave women who will receive the 2013 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia.
Today eight awardees have been announced by N-Peace Network partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Search for Common Ground. The winners include six women who have made dramatic changes towards peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and the Philippines. In addition, this year’s awards honour a youth champion of peace from the Philippines and one male recipient who works to advance peace and equality in post-conflict regions in Indonesia.
Over 90 nominations were received across the N-Peace Awards categories - Role Models for Peace, the lead category, and two special categories, Emerging Peace Champions and Men who advocate for Equality. A wave of online supporters helped to select the leading women peace activists with a record breaking 70,000 votes received for the nominated candidates.
The winners were chosen for their leadership and contribution towards building peace in their respective countries.
"It’s a great honor for me to receive the award on behalf of the many inspiring women activists who work hard to promote peace and justice," said Valentina Sagala the Indonesia recipient of the Role model for peace prize.
"Gender may not be central to the armed conflict but it is certainly central to its resolution. Recognition for our work, like the N-Peace awards, makes visible the significance of gender in the resolution of deadly conflict but, more importantly, in improving the quality of peace," said Irene Santiago, the Role Model for Peace from the Philippines.
Since 2011, the N-Peace Awards have recognized the tireless efforts of peace activists in Asia and male partners for gender equality, harnessing the power of storytelling to generate close to 200,000 supporters of the awards programme. The 2013 Awardees will join the N-Peace Awards Alumni – a celebrated group of peace advocates – following an Awards Ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, in October.
N-Peace (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) is a multi-country initiative managed by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre with UNDP Offices across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan and the Philippines, in partnership with Search for Common Ground), the Institute for Inclusive Security and supported by AusAID.
Cherie Hart, Regional Communications Adviser
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