Led by the youth leader Ms. Aliya Harir, the Peace Building and Conflict Transformation programme of JAD Foundation initiated in 2011 was selected for the N-Peace Awards 2016 last October received the PEACE GENERATION AWARD (Peace Generation – young women and men building peace through volunteerism) from the hands of the Canadian Ambassador to Thailand at Bangkok on February 9th, 2017.
N-Peace is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia working for the advancement of women and peace issues. The network is coordinated by the United Nations Development Program's Bangkok Regional Hub and supports women's leadership for conflict prevention, recovery, peace building and more. Established in 2010, N-Peace is a network of peace advocates from Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan seeking to advance Women, Peace & Security (WPS) issues. It 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.
In collaboration with an Indian partner network, Ms Harir initiated a challenging programme on peace building and conflict transformation. The Aaghaz-e-Dosti( beginning of friendship) between Pakistan-India, was a most challenging task, specially for the young female activists. However, this challenge was accepted by both partners in India and Pakistan.
The excellent work done during 2012-16 was recognized as exceptional by the people of both countries, especially the youth. The network extended to other organizations through peace building national and international conferences, seminars, peace calendars, school children exchange programmes, organized in both countries. Over 15,000 youth are active members on social media and networks who are regularly contributing for peace building and conflict transformation among two countries. Youth from over 33 countries participated in the peace-building conferences exchanging ideas for future peace building activities to contribute towards the Agenda 2030.
Ms Aliya Harir work has been recognised in the past with different awards and the N-Peace Award is the acknowledgement of her most recent efforts. She, and JAD Foundation would like to encourage other youth leaders to replicate their best practices in other parts of the world, and extend a partnership offer for others to collaborate with this program for peace building and conflict transformation through youth and leadership development.
Aliya Harir is a research scholar undertaking an M.Phil degree leading to a Ph.D. on peace building and conflict studies from the renowned University of Pakistan. She told GNDR "I am proud to share that I have been recognized as a Peace Generation Young Women Leader with an N-Peace Award by the UNDP in Asia and the Pacific for building peace, friendship, and understanding between India and Pakistan, contributing to the enhancement of the Women, Peace, and Security WPS 1325 of the United Nations".