Pakistan’s Farhat Asif has won the N-peace Award 2017 in the “Campaigning for Action” category for “her efforts to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda, especially on the work she undertakes touching on sensitive cross-border issues” while Farhat Sajjad has been recognised for her commitment to education in the Untold Stories section.
The Kashmir-born Pakistani, Asif is the founder and president of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies – a non-profit organisation that “aims to provide strength to global peace through dialogue and diplomacy by sharing knowledge, research, analysis and policy development in the areas of, peace-diplomacy, peace-building, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and conflict management.”
The website describes Asif as a researcher, analyst, writer, publisher and a diplomat. She is a federal member of Aman-o-Nisa; Pakistan Women’s Coalition Against Extremism and represents Pakistan at “Sisters Against Violent Extremism [SAVE]”, a project by Women Without Borders.
The award, managed by UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub with UNDP Offices across Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, in partnership with the Institute for Inclusive Security, recognizes individuals working at policy and decision making levels who seek to promote Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Agenda, specifically at the sub-national levels.
One woman and one man across all N-Peace countries, including Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, are selected under the category.