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Celebrating the 2014 N-Peace Award Winners

November 6, 2014

Photo: Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the University for Peace, speaking prior to presenting awards to the winners of the Untold Stories category.

On October 242014 UNDP’s N-Peace initiative put women in the spotlight. The programme focuses on women leaders and their male allies, who are working for peace and gender equality in Asia and the Pacific.

This year, the annual N-Peace event included workshops, a photo exhibition, a film screening and the awards ceremony.

Attendees from around the region (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, and the Philippines) indulged in lively discussions while providing new insights and solutions to persisting problems for increasing women’s meaningful participation for building peace.

The exhibition drew quite a crowd over the weekend as it displayed the powerful images of three internationally acclaimed war photographers (Tim Page, Nic Dunlop, Philip Blenkinsop) and provided a short introduction to the 11 winners of the 2014 N-Peace awards. More than 150 people had the chance to watch the short documentaries of these peace champions on the big screen in Siam Paragon’s Cineplex after the opening. All films are now available to view online here:
http://goo.gl/oMIk1z
 
The awards ceremony was a wonderful closing of this two day gathering and provided space for all participants to mingle, explore new connections, and find opportunities for future cooperation. Shah Zaman from Pakistan awarded in the Peace Generation category talked about how the two day workshop helped him and supported a number of young people to come together. “I believe integration between these activists can be very important. Integrating and sharing our challenges and knowledge can help us learn from each other and support us to get what we want. In the Asia-Pacific region we have many of the same issues and similar cultures so that we can truly have strong bonds.  Through this exchange and social media we can really be impactful”, he stated.
 
“The N-Peace Awards are an opportunity for us all to take a step back, learn about the stories of nominated individuals and organisations, their struggles and their successes, and to reflect on the work being done on the ground by hundreds of women and men all across Asia. Most importantly, these awards are our chance to offer them the recognition and celebrate their achievements, said Nicholas Rosellini, UNDP’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Director of Bangkok Regional Hub.
 
Special guests of the events included:
  • Judy Cheng-Hopkins – Special Adviser to the Secretary General on the University for Peace
  • Luz Méndez (Guatemala) – Peacebuilder and women’s rights advocate
  • Irene Santiago (The Philippines) – Pioneering women’s rights advocate from Mindanao
  • Zahra’ Langhi (Libya) – Strategist and activist for increased women’s political participation.
  • Khun Chadatip Chutrakul – CEO of Siam Piwat
  • Sirinya Bishop – Thai model and TV personality

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