Women peace activists from six conflict-affected countries in Asia received top honors in Manila on Oct. 9, 2012. Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee of Liberia expressed her strong support to N-PEACE and hailed the honorees in a video message, “N-PEACE provides the means to recognize women’s leaders hip and their collective strength as advocates for peace. Women are often at the frontlines of conflict, but they rarely make the headlines. This is the principle behind the N-PEACE award to recognize the often invisible work that goes into building peace,” she said.
This year Radha Paudel, Nepal, Teresita Quintos Deles, the Philippines, Rupika Damayanthi De Silva, Sri Lanka, Mana Lou, Timor-Leste, Suraiya Kamaruzzama, Indonesia were honoured with the award for Role Models for Peace and five more awardees in the sub-categories. SEE videos and up-coming documentaries.
N-Peace Awards have been established in 2011 to acknowledge the leadership of women in building peace, empowering their communities and in preventing conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region. The N-Peace Awards campaign is managed by UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center (APRC) and Search for Common Ground. N-Peace (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) is a multi-country initiative managed by UNDP across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan and the Philippines, in partnership with Search for Common Ground, the Institute for Inclusive Security and supported by AusAID. The network serves as a means for engagement between civil society, government, and other groups on the issues of women, peace and security, and broader conflict prevention and peace building work. Women also receive skills training in such areas as negotiations, leadership and advocacy.
(Sources: N-Peace.net; undp.org)