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.
- Afghanistan: Sayeeda Muradi - N-Peace is proud to shine a spotlight on Muradi’s work, dedicated to dispute resolution within families and communities at tribal and district levels, thereby encouraging the inclusion of women in peace-making processes. This is especially significant given the difficulty of the past and present situation of conflict in Afghanistan, and given the great risk that Afghan women take by entering the political sphere.
- Indonesia: Rahmatan - Women are not only vulnerable in areas in a state of war; they are also vulnerable to physical and sexual violence in post-war conditions. Rahmatan deserves this award for dedicating her life to helping her communities heal from the scars left behind by war, often putting aside her own personal safety in the process.
- Nepal: Srijana Karki- N-Peace recognizes the commendable efforts of Kariki, who over the past few decades has been advocating for awareness of sexual violence – a topic central to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. N-Peace commends Karki on her quest justice for women.
- Pakistan: Farhat Sajjad – Sajjad’s commitment to education is overwhelming and truly inspiring. Sajjad is a fantastic example of someone using her position of leadership at Shining Light Community Development Organization to not only help her local community sustain itself, but also to provide tools, knowledge, and a sense of security to women who attend the NGO, which she helped to found. She truly understands the importance of education regardless of social standing, religion, or ethnicity, and the opportunity this provides for women to become economically independent.
- The Philippines: Hadja Giobay Diocolano - Women play a key role in peace negotiations and agreements. Diocolano’s determination to highlight the importance of women’s participation in peace-keeping sets an example for many countries. With this award we are pleased to honour Diocolano for her commitment to the inclusion of some of the most vulnerable communities in peace processes.
- Sri Lanka: Bernadine Anderson - After thirty years of conflict, Sri Lankans are addressing the challenges left behind by the war in order to embrace a brighter future. Bernadine Anderson has been at the forefront of this, working unremittingly to harness the transformative potential of education to rehabilitate child combatants, robbed both of their childhoods and of an education. Her passion and the sheer number of young lives that she has touched makes her the strongest winner under this category.
- Myanmar: Tuan Cer Sung “Cheery” Zahau - We rarely recognize the danger women researchers and reporters face in conflict. Researcher, feminist and human rights activist Zahau has devoted her life to ensuring women are given a voice, and documenting the stories of women who face violence during conflict. N-Peace appreciates how Zahau’s work ensures that women are not forgotten.
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.
- Female: Farhat Asif (Pakistan) Asif embodies the title of this award; “Campaigning for Action - women and men mobilizing for peace.” N-Peace recognizes her efforts to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda, especially on the work she undertakes touching on sensitive cross-border issues.
- Male: Gunwan (Indonesia) N-Peace salutes Gunawan’s commitment to working with women, advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, and efforts to ensure sustainable transitions to peace. He truly represents the concept of MenEngage: his work is a clear example of how men can effectively become involved in the advancement of the role of women for sustainable peace.
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.
- Female: Suraya Yosufi (Afghanistan) N-Peace applauds Yosufi for her commitment to engaging women in political and social debates using new and innovative approaches. We are confident that her work will contribute toward creating the next generation of women leaders in Afghanistan.
- Male: Sharif Shah Safi (Afghanistan) is a true example of the critical role young volunteers can play, creating safe-space platforms to promote inclusive dialogues of peace about sensitive topics such as violent extremism which are mindful of the voices of women.
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