Who Are We?
N-Peace is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) flagship initiative founded in 2010 to commemorate a decade of UNSCR 1325 implementation via the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.
UNDP ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by advocating, advising, fostering impartial spaces for dialogue, achieving consensus and building institutions. UNDP helps governance institutions in countries bring constitutional reforms, organize credible elections, strengthen parliaments, and address policy and institutional options for peace, risk-reduction and development through reconciliation, empowerment and inclusion.
Currently unique to the Asia-Pacific region, N-Peace or ‘Engage for Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment’ operates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nepal, with the goal of implementing UNSCR 1325, and enhancing the role of women in conflict resolution and peace-building.
N-Peace is built on the premise that if targeted women and men are supported with increased investments in capacity and skills, they will be able to create institutional and social shifts that prioritise the inclusion and empowerment of women and girls, and ultimately change the discourse on the roles of women in peace-building.
N-Peace therefore serves four primary goals: first, to conduct dialogues among communities, governments and other groups related to WPS; second, to build the capacity of women peace activist; third, to expand and strengthen the network of peace-building activists to best implement UNSCR 1325; and finally, to support women’s participation in peace and security through sharing their stories.
N-Peace is best known for it’s annual awards for peacebuilders advocating for issues affecting women in conflict areas in Asia.