Kashmir born Pak Woman Activist honored N-Peace Award in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand:
 Pakistani woman born in Kashmir, Ms Farhat Asif received N-Peace Award managed by UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Institute for Inclusive Security, Washington DC in Bangkok Thailand. Farhat Asif received this award in the category “ Campaign for Action” for her tireless services as a prominent academic who brings together government officials, NGOs, think-tanks and educational institutions to raise the importance of women’s involvement in peace negotiations.

This award recognizes individuals who has worked at the policy and decision-making levels to advance the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Agenda, specifically at the sub-national levels. One woman and one man across all N-Peace countries is recognized under this award.
 Through her initiate Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies and Centre for Women Peace and Security, Farhat ensures women’s participation in different Pakistani social, political and economic aspects. “ At the core of everything I do I the desire to establish collaborative thinking to arrive at solutions that are inclusive, and that positively affect women in conflict zones,” The N-Peace awards recognize peace builders’ efforts for women at the grassroots level. The winners support services for women affected by post-conflict violence, access to education and training services, campaigning for more women in local and national leadership positions, and advocating for women’s rights in conflict-ridden areas in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year, eleven winners under three categories were recognized from seven participating countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines).

The N-Peace Awards are coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme’s N-Peace Network. N-Peace is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance Women, Peace & Security (WPS). 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 the broader women peace and security agenda.  N-Peace rests on the assumption that if targeted women and men are supported with increased investments in capacity and skills, then they will be able to create institutional and social shifts to prioritize the inclusion and empowerment of women and girls and change discourse on the roles of women in peace building.

Rolled out in 2010, N-Peace is active in Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Our members represent civil society, government, non-government organizations, academia, United Nations agencies, religious groups and the media

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