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Jakarta Post

RI'€™s women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 28, 2013   /  11:34 pm

Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women's equality and protection of women against discrimination.

'€œThe N-Peace Awards for Indonesia this year is awarded to Bapak Suprayoga Hadi and Ibu Valentina Sagala,'€ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Communication Associate, Tina Kardjono, in a press statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Suprayoga Hadi is praised for his continuous support for women and women'€™s civil society organizations in two roles that he now holds: Deputy Minister for the Development of Special Regions at the Ministry for the Development of Disadvantaged Regions and National Project Director for Peace through Development in Disadvantaged Areas.

'€œSuprayoga Hadi has been working steadily to advance the inclusion of women in peace and security issues,'€ N-Peace Awards said in its official website.

Meanwhile, Valentina Sagala who founded Yayasan Institute Perempuan (Women'€™s Institute Foundation) is praised for her efforts to push for reforms to laws that '€œdehumanize women, and even create and perpetuate violence against women'€.

The N-Peace Awards recognizes and profiles leaders for women's rights and peace builders who create change at the grassroots to national levels in Asia.

The Awards are coordinated by the N-Peace Network across Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and the Philippines.

The Awards shines a spotlight on women who demonstrate leadership in building peace and empowering their communities. The Awards'€™ special categories are presented to the efforts of young women leaders as the next generation for peace champions, and male advocates of women'€™s equality.

The N-Peace initiative and the Awards campaign are managed by UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center (APRC). (ebf)


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