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N-PEACE Awards 2013 - Voting Open

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We are pleased to reveal the ninety nominees for 2013 N-Peace Awards and launch the online voting for the lead awards category, Role Models for Peace.

The personal stories of all peace advocates from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, who have been nominated for one of the three categories – Role Models for Peace, Emerging Peace Champion and Men who Advocate for Equality – will be showcased here from 17 May – 20 June

Cast your votes!

Vote now for Role Models for Peace, to support the untiring efforts of women who have shown leadership in the areas of conflict prevention, resolution, and peace building. You can vote for multiple candidates from all of the network countries, but you can only vote for the same person once.

Share the stories of peace advocates

Support candidates nominated for the special categories of the N-Peace Awards by sharing their stories!  Promote the leadership of young women engaging in peace building, by sharing profiles ofEmerging Peace Champions via your Facebook or twitter accounts. Read and share the stories of men who strive for women’s rights in conflict-affected settings to support Men who Advocate for Equality.

The special categories will be selected by an esteemed panel of N-Peace Awardees from 2012. For more information see our FAQs.

Join the online community

Like our Facebook page and follow N-Peace on twitter to receive updates on the N-Peace Awards 2013 and support this journey to recognize peace advocates in Asia. 

For more information on the awards, or to vote, visit http://awards.n-peace.net by 20 June!


N-PEACE Awards 2012

N-PEACE Awards 2012

9 October, Manila – Women peace activists from six conflict-affected countries in Asia received top honors today in a ceremony presided by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines, with a message of support  from Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee of Liberia . Eight women and one man received the N-PEACE awards in Asia for their relentless efforts to build peace in the midst of chaos, sometimes putting their own lives on the line.

From high-level public figures to grassroots activists, the winners include a survivor of a rocket-propelled grenade attack who now helps women with disabilities in Afghanistan, reformers who push for women’s place at peace talks, advocates for human rights, and supporters of women’s entrepreneurship to fight poverty. They were selected from 100 nominations through an online voting campaign that included more than 55,000 voters worldwide.

The N-PEACE award winners were chosen for their leadership and contribution towards building peace in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.        

Click here to learn more about the awards and the winners...

Stree Mela

SFCG Sri Lanka, as part of the N-Peace Network*, recently participated in a 3-day event in Colombo from December 8-10, 2011 aimed at promoting women's leadership. The event, entitled Stree Mela, was organized by a broad coalition of women's groups and senior female politicians. Striving to create better social cohesion by uniting women from different ethnic, religious, linguistic, and ideological backgrounds, the occasion was the culmination of a larger effort to find common ground amongst these groups as well as raise public and political awareness on female empowerment-related issues. SFCG Sri Lanka's Country Director also served as a panelist during a discussion on the role of media in promoting peace and female empowerment.

Additionally, SFCG screened a documentary on the inaugural N-Peace Award winners as well as provided information on the current work being done within the N-Peace Network, emphasizing the achievements of Sri Lankan women on the international stage. The former Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Bandaranaike, members of parliament, female politicians and grassroots female activists gave their support for this initiative. SFCG staff also reported an overwhelming interest from participants to join the N-Peace network and continue to be informed of its activities.

Stree Mela

SFCG's Sri Lanka Country Director, Nawaz Mohammed, participates in the panel discussion (far left)

NOTE: The N-PEACE network provides support to an array of organizations and women leaders, training and a forum to voice their ideas, experiences and contributions in Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste as well as at a regional-level.

N-PEACE Awards 2011

N-Peace Awards 2011 from SFCG Indonesia on Vimeo.

 

Download the press release.

 

Asian women peace advocates receive awards for their leadership, discuss women's role in building peace and security through N-PEACE network

Bangkok, 19 October - Four women peace advocates from some of the most conflict affected countries in Asia received the first N-PEACE Awards established to acknowledge the leadership of women in building peace, empowering their communities and in preventing conflicts. Purna Shova Chitrakar, Electronita Duan, Shreen Abdul Saroor, Filomena Barros dos Reis - four women working at the grassroots and national levels remain at the frontlines of dealing with conflict and reconciling for peace. They were honored for their remarkable contributions to building peace and creating cohesion in their communities. The four awardees are part of a multi-country network known as N-PEACE www.n-peace.net --Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment.

"There are three women Nobel Peace Laureates and four women N-PEACE laureates, this is a great year," said Irene Santiago, an active proponent of the Mindanao peace process in the Philippines, who joined the award ceremony and the meeting of women peace advocates in Bangkok this week. Some three dozen peace activists, all members of the N-PEACE Network from Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste, gathered to take stock of the ways in which they can strengthen women's roles in building peace and security.

"Women can talk with a collective voice," asserts Shreen from Sri Lanka, and adds "We, women, have experienced wars differently and have a unique perspective and specific concerns in connection to demilitarization, social justice and reconciliation. Women need to participate in vital aspects of peace and security such as ending impunity for conflict-related sexual violence and holding the perpetrators accountable while addressing the needs of women and girls as war-torn communities are rebuilt." Shreen leads an interethnic community project that brings Tamil and Muslim women to resurrect peace for their communities. She has gathered and supported a multiethnic team of young women to inspire a next generation of peace makers and social activists in her country.

"I believe and trust in the work done by women at any level," says Electronita from Indonesia, who cherishes the power of networking and advocates for "creating economic opportunities and providing education, the best strategies to prevent conflicts and ensure sustainable peace."

With her likeminded pals, gathered in Bangkok, Purna Shova Chitrakar, an activist working tirelessly for banning landmine and cluster munitions, shared her "peace" of the story about protecting the civilians and making Nepal a prosperous society. Filomena brought her lessons from Timor-Leste, "We can only reach peace when justice has already been well established for all."

Some 225 women who are community leaders in conflict prevention, dispute resolution, post-crisis reconstruction and peace-building, participate in the N-PEACE network and communicate online and through face-to-face consultations to share experiences and strategies in advocating, promoting and keeping peace in their countries. The N-Peace Network was launched in 2010 to mark the ten-year anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
"In just one year after its launch, the network has demonstrated its potential and value added at country level, says Nicholas Rosellini, UNDP Deputy Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific. "The national civil society dialogue which was hosted by UNDP and the Government of Indonesia to discuss policy on women, peace and security is a good example of how the network can be used as a platform for dialogue on critical policy issues."

The consultation in Bangkok is the second annual meeting of the N-PEACE network which is facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the non-profit organization, Search for Common Ground, with support from AusAID. The event marks the formal launch of the network's interactive internet portal www.n-peace.net through which members will continue to collaborate and work together.

The four who received the first N-PEACE Awards, are:

  • Nepal: Purna Shova Chitrakar created the Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal in 1995 to promote an international ban on the use, production, transfer and stockpile of landmines. Purna works to teach families, students and teachers about the risks of landmines in their communities, especially in rural areas. Her efforts to outlaw these indiscriminate weapons of war were successful when in June of this year Nepal was declared landmine field free.

  • Indonesia: Electronita Duan has been involved in numerous programs to empower women in Indonesia and helped develop Politeknik Perdamaian Halamahera, an institute of higher education for those whose studies were interrupted by conflict and who could not afford to resume their education. Electronita knew that normalcy could never return to conflict zones without a skilled and educated population.

  • Sri Lanka: Shreen Abdul Saroor is a founder of the Mannar Women’s Development Federation and Mannar Women for Human Rights and Democracy in Sri Lanka. Shreen’s work grew out of her experience of being forcibly displaced in 1990 by the militant group fighting for a separate Tamil state. She helped establish these two organizations on the understanding that through microcredit and educational programs, Tamil and Muslim women could find common ground to resurrect past peace in their communities.

  • Timor-Leste: Filomena Barros dos Reis, a human rights and justice activist, is the project coordinator for peace building development with the Asia Pacific Support Collective in Timor-Leste. Even before Timor-Leste secured its independence, she worked tirelessly to ensure a credible truth and reconciliation process for her country and to ensure that human rights are protected, sometimes dressing as a nun and carrying religious material to protect her true purpose in documenting horrific human rights violations.

 

For more information, please contact Radhika Behuria (radhika.behuria@undp.org).  Follow the network at: www.n-peace.net and @NPeaceNetwork.

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N-PEACE is a multi-country network in support of strengthening the role of women in building and restoring peace.
N-PEACE is brought to you by Regional Crisis Prevention and Recovery team at UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre.