Announcement of N-Peace Award Winners 2017

It is with great pleasure that we wish to announce the winners of the 2017 N-Peace Awards

Untold Stories: This award recognizes the efforts of women who have demonstrated skills in conflict resolution, prevention, and peace building in their communities, including those working at the grassroots levels and building bridges across communities. There are 7 (seven) winners in total for this category - one from each country.

Campaigning for Action: This award recognizes individuals who has worked at the policy and decision-making levels to advance the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Agenda, specifically at the sub-national levels. One woman and one man across all N-Peace countries is recognized under this award.  

The Peace Generation: This award recognizes the work of a young woman and a man (between the ages of 18-25) who have demonstrated how volunteerism can be a powerful means of promoting social cohesion and reconciliation through engaging the community – especially youths.  One woman and one man across all N-Peace countries is recognized under this award.  

We would like to congratulate each of our inspiring N-Peace Awards winners for their achievements and their tireless efforts in the name of women, peace and security.  

The nominations for the 2017 N-Peace Awards were opened for Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka under three award categories, totaling 11 prizes.  This year, we received over 80 initial nominations for all three award categories and cleared 44 individuals for online voting.  Despite an increasingly stringent control of the voting process, 8,500 people from across 87 countries registered to cast their vote.  

In just 55 days of voting, our hashtag (#NPeaceAwards) on Twitter received 1,095,533 timeline deliveries, while on Facebook, posts received 571, 811 impressions (this does not take it account the number of times the posts were shared by other individuals). 

We would especially like to thank our independent panel of judges for their support, and we look forward to celebrating these remarkable individuals at the N-Peace Awards Gala in January 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.  


The N-Peace Team

winners' quotes

During a conflict women were working hard but are rarely recognized once there is peace.

Radha Paudel

If you really want to be effective woman at a negotiating table, you need to have more knowledge of the issues than anyone in the room.

Mossarat Qadeem

The common (mis)conception is that peace negotiations are about ending war. So, who is going to sit at the negotiation table? The war actors. Women are not typically actors of war; therefore they do not sit around that table.

Irene Santiago

: As a young single Pakistani women, my peace-building work with India is often reduced to personal emotions. I am often asked ‘peace-loving’ woman, do you have a ‘lover’ in India?

Aliya Harir

We have to take risks to succeed. In a country like Afghanistan women are always taking risks.

Habiba Sarabi

To achieve peace in my country, we need to implement political and social change from the ground upwards and enforce the rule of law fairly for everybody. Women have to be involved in this transformation at every stage.

Cheery Zahau

I strongly believe that when women participate in civil society and politics, governments are more open, democratic and responsive to citizens. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more inclusive and durable.

Srijana Karki

I want to encourage women to stand up for their rights and to achieve their dreams. I want to provide a space where women leaders can show other women that they too can be drivers of social change in their own communities.

Sharif Shah Safi

We have to understand how powerful women are in every segment of life, and we have a duty to ensure they believe in themselves. Even though women in Poso, Indonesia have experienced numerous forms of violence and poverty, my dream is to see them be independent, and voice out their political rights in parliament.


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See our recent publication from Indonesia on the role women play in ending hostilities and sustaining peace …. Add Hidden Pearls with the text "In every conflict, women play an important role in ending hostilities and forging reconciliation.  In Indonesia, women contribute significantly in conflict prevention and peace-building, especially in the post-conflict regions of Maluku, North Maluku, Central Sulawesi, NTT and Aceh. Unfortunately, their stories have not been well documented and little is known by the public.

UNDP project Peace Through Development in Disadvantaged Areas (PTDDA) activities since 2012, with the support of N-Peace, have produced many success stories and lessons learned that can be used and disseminated so that they may inspire women all over Indonesia to contribute to peace building.

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