Prominent Human Rights activist Rubina Bhatti honored with Peace Award
|New York: October 25, 2015. (PCP)The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark honored prominent Pakistani Christian Human Right activist Rubina Feroze Bhatti with N-Peace Award
|on October 23, 2015, in a colorful Peace Award ceremony at One UN Plaza Towers New York.
Rubina Feroze Bhatti is recipient of numerous international awards for her services towards downtrodden communities and building bridges of peace in Pakistani society. She is General Secretary at Taangh Wasaib Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan and Former Lecturer of Chemistry at GCFW, Bhagtanwala, Sargodha At present she Studies her PhD in Leadership Studies at University of San Diego, California, USA.
N-Peace stands for “Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community, and Empowerment.” It is a network of more than 2,400 advocates, practitioners, government officials, media personnel, and academics who share the goal of advancing the women, peace, and security agenda in Asia.
After receiving N-Peace Award, Rubina Bhatti said “I am Truly honored to receive this prestigious N-Peace Award from Ms. Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand”
Helen Clark the Chief of UNDP said "Women must be full partners in peacebuilding processes. Mediators, facilitators, and leaders in peace processes must be proactive in including women in all aspects of peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding."
According to UNDP press release, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) honored ten peace advocates from six Asian countries at the N-Peace Awards 2015. 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. This celebration is the conclusion of an annual regional campaign that received over 100 nominations from six participating countries – Indonesia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Pakistan. The finalists were selected by almost 40,000 members of the public in an online poll. An expert selection panel then determined the winners.
This year’s N-Peace Awardees are recognized across three different categories:
Untold Stories: Women Transforming their Communities:
• Hassina Neekzad (Afghanistan): A teacher, Hassina founded the Western Afghan Women’s Network in Herat which has supported 30,000 women with educational, confidence building and human rights programs.
• Jull Takaliuang (Indonesia): Jull has worked relentlessly to empower and educate the poorest and most marginalized members of North Sulawesi society.
• Ja Nan Lahtaw (Myanmar): A member of the ethnic Kachin minority Ja Nan initiated the Ethnic Civil Society Leaders’ Forum to broaden the participation of ethnic groups and women in Myanmar’s democratic transformation.
• Sharmila Thapa (Nepal): Founder of the Samida Women’s Development Forum, Sharmila is dedicated to creating an active network of single mothers and survivors of domestic violence.
• Rubina Feroze Bhatti (Pakistan): Founder of Taangh Wasaib, Rubina is devoting her life to creating a more peaceful Pakistan. She protects the rights of religious minorities and women who are targets of gender-based violence.
• Jo Genna Martin Jover (The Philippines): Working passionately as an advocate for peace and non-violent action, Jo Genna is committed to grassroots activism and supports many indigenous tribes who have long suffered from injustices.
Winners in Peace Generation: Young Women and Men Building Peace:
• Maryam Durani (Afghanistan): Maryam serves as a leader, role model, and advocate for the women of Kandahar, Afghanistan. She was first elected as a Kandahar Provincial Council Member at the very young age of 21.
• Rahmatullah Noorzai (Afghanistan): Motivated by the insecurity and displacement he experienced in his younger days, Rahmatullah founded an educational institute in 2010 specifically for internally displaced persons.
Winners in Campaigning for Action: Women and Men Mobilizing for Peace:
• Kaushila Chaudhary (Nepal): Kaushila a former bounded labourer is now free and involved in the Kamaiya Freedom Movement, one of the main peace and social justice movements to abolish the Kamaiya system.
• Rahmat Ullah Rahimi (Afghanistan/Pakistan): Starting his career as a primary school teacher in a school for Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Rahmat Ullah has established the Modern Schools for Girls in six refugee communities, currently teaching over 600 girls.
The leaders of Pakistani Christian Diaspora in USA were present in Peace Award ceremony to pay homage to Rubina Feroze Bhatti on winning such a prestigious international award.