According to a press release, N. Peace 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 N-Peace Awards were first launched in 2011 to recognize and profile women and men leaders and peacebuilders creating change at the grassroots to national levels in Asia, the Awards shine a light on women and men who demonstrate leadership in building peace and empowering their communities.
N-Peace is currently active in Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and in Timor-Leste with members of 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, established in 2010 by women peace advocates at a meeting held by the United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (UNDP) with the support of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the Institute for Inclusive Security.
The N-Peace network plays four key roles:
1) Convenor of dialogues between civil society, government and other groups on policy related to Women, Peace and Security.
2) Build capacity among women peace advocates to advance WPS priorities, and broaden country networks for advocacy on this agenda.
3) Connector of peace builders who share knowledge of policy and best practice on implementing UNSCR 1325.
4) Advocate for women’s engagement in peace and security, bringing light to stories of leadership and resilience.
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