Afghan parliamentarian Masouda Karokhi Receives the 2013 N-Peace Award
An Afghan women’s rights activist, Masouda Karokhi, has received in Kabul the 2013 N-Peace Award, an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ms. Karokhi, who has been a member of the Afghan parliament since 2005, was the winner of the role model for peace prize and was selected among 90 nominated candidates from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.
She received the award from the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mark Bowden, and the UNDP Afghanistan Country Director, Alvaro Rodriguez, for her active support to women’s rights in the past three decades.
“We at UNDP are encouraged to see the active involvement of Afghan women in peacebuilding activities. We are glad to see that through the N-Peace initiative, Afghan women’s peace efforts are being recognized at the global level”, said Mr. Rodriguez.
- Ms. Karokhi was the winner of the role model for peace prize and was selected among 90 nominated candidates from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. She has been a member of the Afghan parliament since 2005.
- Ms. Karokhi worked for women during Afghanistan’s wars and the Taliban rule, when education for girls and women was banned. In 2003, she represented the women of Herat at the loya jirga (grand assembly) to discuss the Constitution.
- N-Peace is a network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance women, peace and security issues.
- N-Peace was established in October 2010. Today, 800 women peace activists are connected though N-Peace network. Please let know your edits and I will publish it on the story.
Despite receiving frequent threats, Ms. Karokhi worked for women during Afghanistan’s wars and the Taliban rule, when education for girls and women was banned. At the time, she started free secret study classes for poor girls and women.
In 2003, she represented the women of Herat at the loya jirga (grand assembly) to discuss the Constitution. She was also Herat’s delegate for civil society at the loya jirga on issues of peace-making and peacebuilding.
When she received the award, Ms. Karokhi thanked UNDP for “helping Afghanistan’s women to take their voices to the world”.
N-Peace is a network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance women, peace and security issues. It is active in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.
Its members include representatives from civil society, government, non-government organizations, academia, United Nations agencies, religious groups and the media. N-Peace’s mission is to engage for peace, equality, access, community and empowerment.
It supports women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, and promotes the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and related resolutions, at regional, national and community levels.
The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
N-Peace was established in October 2010 by women peace advocates at a meeting held by the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre to mark the ten-year anniversary of UNSCR 1325. Today, 800 women peace activists are connected though this network.
UNDP supports the Government of Afghanistan to help women to take-up leadership roles and see that women are supported and trained to take part in decision-making processes at the community level, and in sub-national and national governance roles. UNDP also works with civil society to extend justice and legal aid to more women
Results in Focus
During 2013, UNDP Afghanistan remained committed to maintaining a close working relationship with Afghanistan’s government and people. It reorganised its work around the areas of inclusive and legitimate politics; sub-national governance and development; rule of law; and the cross-cutting areas of gender, capacity development, and poverty and the environment. In this context, projects were implemented and results achieved in the areas of peacebuilding, rule of law, democratic governance, poverty reduction and livelihoods, and managing resources for sustainability and resilience. For more information, please download the full report. English PDF
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