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Winners 2016

It is with great pleasure that we wish to announce the winners of the 2016 N-Peace Awards
Untold Stories: Recognizing women grassroots peacebuilders

  • Afghanistan: Habiba Sarabi, for her unrelenting work to bring peace to Afghanistan, while ensuring attention on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her work spans over more than two decades and includes teaching girls in refugee camps while in exile in the 1990s in Pakistan, as the Governor of Bamyan, and currently as the Deputy Chair of the High Peace Council where she works to include women in the peace process
  • Indonesia: Ruby Khalifah, for championing civil society action on Women, Peace and Security and for her efforts to bring women of different faiths to a platform of peace with the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) 
  • Nepal: Basanti Chaudhary, a symbolic representation of a woman from a traditionally marginalized group, standing up for peace and fighting for the rights of others including violence faced by women  
  • Pakistan: Rizwana Shah, a pillar of strength and symbol of empowerment for creating livelihood opportunities for women in a community where the role of women in the public domain is severely restricted  
  • The Philippines: Mariam Barandia, for her efforts to bring inter-religious peace at the grass-roots level by setting up the Kapamagogopa Incorporated, an Islamic volunteer group that brings Muslim and Christian communities together  
  • Sri Lanka: Sumika Perera, for her lifelong commitment to bringing justice to women, actively contributing to journals to push the gender agenda, and tackling discrimination and violence against women with organizations such as the Coalition for Assisting Tsunami Affected Women (CATAW)
{Note: A decision on the award for Myanmar has not been made}
Campaigning for Action: Awarding one man and one woman whose advocacy has resulted in the advancement of Women, Peace and Security
  • Female: Mossarat Qadeem (Pakistan), for her unwavering efforts to reach out to young men and women in conflict areas with the PAIMAN Trust and promoting understanding among diverse ethnic, political and religious groups
{Note: A decision on the male award for this category has not been made}
The Peace Generation: Recognizing one young man and one young woman whose volunteerism has contributed to social cohesion and gender equality
  • Female: Aliya Harir (Pakistan) for prompting friendship and trust with the conviction that when we cross the ‘boundaries of fear we will find love on the other side’. 
  • Male: Rizky Ashar Murdiono (Indonesia), from the streets of Jakarta to the University of Barwijaya, advocating for greater inclusion and investment in young people and the most marginalized women in communities

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 2016 N-Peace Awards were opened for Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka under three categories, for a total of 11 awards in June 2016. This year we received over 100 initial nominations for all three categories. During the period, we received nearly 290,000 engagements on our social media sites throughout the nomination and voting process (June to Sept), and a total of 33,876 votes.
Winners were chosen through online voting followed by a rigorous Selection Panel process. We are honored to be in a position to recognize these peace champions and celebrate their contributions to women, peace and security. 
We would further like to thank all those who have supported our candidates and the participating process, as well as the 2016 Selection Panel for their invaluable contributions to our process.
We look forward to further celebrating these remarkable individuals at the N-Peace Awards Gala in February 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The N-Peace Team
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