Women peacemakers honored at N-PEACE Awards
Several women working for peace in the Asian region were honored Tuesday at the United Nations Development Program’s Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment (N-PEACE) Awards in Makati City.
The awarding was led by President Benigno Aquino III, who in his keynote speech lauded the women for not resorting to aggression even in the face of violence and conflict.
The N-PEACE award is part of the UNDP's advocacy campaign to recognize the contributions of women in peace-building in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan and the Philippines—countries which, said Aquino in his address, have a history of insurgencies, corrupt governance, and a lack of inclusive growth that have affected their peoples.
“We must admit: building peace is not easy. But each of our awardees has already shown us that even a single person can accomplish so much if it is borne out of a desire to help our fellow men,” he said.
Out of 100 nominees, nine women received the N-PEACE award for 2012: presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Deles (Philippines); Quhramaana Kakar, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi and Amina Azimi (Afghanistan); Suraiya Kamaruzzaman (Indonesia); Radha Paudel and Sadhu Ram Sapkota (Nepal); Rupika De Silva (Sri Lanka); and Mana Lou (Timor-Leste).
Aquino lauded the Filipino awardee, Deles, for playing an important role in creating the framework agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a new political entity, Bangsamoro, to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. — BM, GMA News