Afghanistan peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners
Two peace champions from Afghanistan have been named among the winners of the 2014 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize administered by the United Nations Development programme which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia.
Hasina Jalal was announced the winner of the Untold Stories – Women Transforming their Communities category for Afghanistan after a public online vote. Hasina’s advocacy and empowerment work has focused on spreading awareness and demanding greater equality for Afghanistan’s women, particularly women from rural areas.
In announcing Hajji Khalil as the male winner of the Campaigning for Action – Women and Men mobilizing for Peace category, the international selection panel that determined this award praised his “transformative work and role in Afghanistan”.
Over 100 nominations were received across the categories from the six participating countries – Indonesia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Nepal, and first-time participants Myanmar and Pakistan. The winners of the four special categories were chosen by an international selection panel, themselves a celebrated group of peace advocates, for their leadership and contribution towards building peace with and for women in their respective countries. The winners of the Untold Stories – Women Transforming their Communities category (one from each of the participating countries) were decided on by the public in an open, online vote and announced last week.
Since 2011, the N-Peace Awards have recognized the tireless efforts of women peace activists in Asia as well as male partners who progress gender equality and the inclusion of women in peace processes in their own countries. The 2014 Awardees will join other peace advocates from the region and the Awards selection panelists – a celebrated group of peace advocates themselves – for an Awards Ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, in October.
N-Peace (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) is a multi-country initiative managed by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre.