Pakistani peace champions announced as N-Peace Award winners
2014 N-Peace Awardees
One young man and two women peace champions 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. This year was the first year that Pakistan has participated in the awards.
Rabiah Jamil Beg was named winner of the Breaking Stereotypes – Women and Media award. Working as a correspondent and investigative reporter, Rabiah was praised by the selection panelists, one noting how she was “overcoming tremendous odds, and thereby showing enormous courage to achieve what she has done to date. No wonder she is inspiring more female journalists into the media.”
In the Youth Generation – Young Women and Men Building Peace Shah Zaman impressed judges by being a “male empowering women in a society that doesn't treat women as equal.” One panelist noted that “he is leading by example to say we are all equal.”
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, with Mona Parkash being announced the winner of the Untold Stories – Women Transforming their Communities category for Pakistan. Mona’s leadership and work in providing egalitarian education that promotes the values of peace, harmony and diversity garnered her the most votes from amongst the nine Pakistani women nominated in this category.
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.
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