Who are N-Peace?

Through our yearly Awards and CSO grants, we recognise the on-the-ground action and powerful stories of peace-builders in the region who are bringing issues affecting women and girls into the spotlight.
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The United Nations documented more than 800 cases of conflict-related sexual violence in 2017 – a 56% increase since 2016.
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Remarks to the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, October 2018
Out of the 504 agreements signed since the adoption of Resolution 1325, only 27% include references to women
- UN Security Council (2015). Report of the Secretary-General on Women, Peace and Security
Between 1990 and 2017, women constituted just 2% of mediators, 8% of negotiators and 5% of witnesses and signatories in all major peace processes.
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Remarks to the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, October 2018
When women are included in peace processes there is a 35% increase in the probability of an agreement lasting at least 15 years
- Laurel Stone (2015). Study of 156 peace agreements
Approximately half of children of primary school age who are not in school live in conflict-affected areas. Girls, whose adjusted net enrolment rate in primary education is only 77.5% in conflict and post-conflict countries, are particularly affected.
- UN Security Council (2014). Report of the Secretary-General on Women, Peace and Security
Only 11.1% of landholders in conflict and post-conflict countries are women, compared to 19% globally
- UN Security Council (2016). Report of the Secretary-General on Women, Peace and Security
Data from 40 countries shows a positive correlation between the proportion of female police and reporting rates of sexual assault.
- UN Women (2012). Progress of the Worlds Women: In Pursuit of Justice
Funding for programmes to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in countries affected by conflict is just 5% of total bilateral aid to such countries
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Remarks to the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, October 2018

about women, peace and security

Women suffer disproportionately in conflict; rape and sexual assault, child marriage, trafficking, poverty, lack of education, and disenfranchisement are among some of the issues these women face. But women are not just passive victims. When conflict has ended, women peacebuilders are some of the most proactive drivers of change in ther communities. 
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To all women who fight, to all women who given themselves, to all women who have suffered and who were battered and could not say something… this award is for you.
- Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, Untold Stories 2018
We have to understand how powerful women are in every segment of life, and we have a duty to ensure they believe in themselves.
- Gunawan, Campaigning for Action 2017
I want to encourage young people's talents so they are not misled and affected by extremism
- Syarifah Aliyyah Shihab, Untold Stories 2014
Deep down in my heart, I always believed that education was the key to bring about change, and do this women and girls must play a vital role.
- Mahira Miyanji, Untold Stories 2018
When women participate in civil society and politics, governments are more open, democratic and responsive to citizens.
- Srijana Karki, Untold Stories 2017
Women work hard to resolve conflict situations but are rarely recognized once there is peace.
- Radha Paudel, Untold Stories 2012
We have to take risks to succeed. In a country like Afghanistan, women are always taking risks.
- Habiba Sarabi, Untold Stories 2016
Winning this award shows me that if a woman wants to do something that might seem impossible, if she sets her mind to it, she can surely do it.
- Khojasta Sameyee, Untold Stories 2018
To me, conflicts and problems are more likely to be solved if we apply empathy: trying to understand and put ourselves in others' perspective.
- Mira Kusumarini, Untold Stories 2018

our winners

Cynthia Maung

Untold Stories 2018

For the last 30 years, Dr Cynthia Maung has been working to empower refugees, displaced persons and orphans fleeing violence, and provide invaluable maternal healthcare. Read More

Hadja Giobay Diocolano

Untold Stories 2017

At the age of 13, Hadja Giobay Diocolano already realised the importance of fighting for what she believed in. Read More

Suraya Yosufi

Peace Generation 2017

Suraya Yosufi is passionate about giving the skills of speech to young people born into a society uncomfortable with the idea of loquacious women. Read More

Sayeeda Muradi

Untold Stories 2017

As a result of her early experiences of conflict, Sayeeda developed big dreams to make her province and country more peaceful. Read More


Campaigning for Action 2017

The Poso riots in Central Sulewesi as well as ten years of communal conflict in Indonesia had a profound effect on Gunawan. Read More

Farhat Asif

Campaigning for Action 2017

Born and raised in a marginalised region of Kashmir, Pakistan, Farhat has lived a life very much affected by conflict. Read More

Visaka Dharmadasa

Untold Stories 2018

Visaka Dharmadasa is credited for bringing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to the peace table and led to the brokering of a ceasefire. Read More

Cheery Zahau

Untold Stories 2017

As a child, Cheery felt the discrimination against both women and marginalised groups in Myanmar hard. Read More

Rizwana Shah

Untold Stories 2016

“We need a form of peace that necessitates equality between all genders, castes, age groups, religious groups and political groups, and the threshold to accept inherent differences," says Rizwana. Read More

Habiba Sarabi

Untold Stories 2016

Habiba Sarabi fled to Pakistan in 1996 during the height of the violence in Afghanistan with her children. Read More

Mossarat Qadeem

Campaigning for Action

In 2008, the increased violent activities carried out by extremists in her region drove Mossarat to become a full-time peace activist. Read More

Mahira Miyanji

Untold Stories 2018

Mahira Miyanji is a social advocate who promotes women’s empowerment and girl’s education in Karachi's most notorious neighbourhood of Lyari. Read More

Aliya Harir

Peace Generation 2016

Aliya grew up in the remote Chitral province of Pakistan facing persecution and discrimination both as part of the Ismaili minority and as a woman. Read More