N-Peace Award WinnersThe N-Peace Network on Wednesday announced the eight awardees who will receive the 2013 N-Peace Awards, which was jointly organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Search for Common Ground.

A staunch women’s rights activitist from Afghanistan is also among the eight awardees who will receive the award for her unwavering campaign for women’s rights, even during the worst times in the country.

Masouda Karokhi was announced winner of the Rolw model for peace prize among the 90 nominated candidates from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and the Philippines.

Ms Karokhi continued her work for women and during the Taliban rule when education for girls and women was banned, and despite she received g frequent threats from the Mujahideen.

She also started free secret study classes for poor girls and women. In 2003, she represented the women of Herat at the loya jirga (grand assembly) to discuss the Constitution; she was also Herat’s delegate for civil society at the loya jirga on issues of peacemaking and peacebuilding.

Masuada Karokhi was elected as the member of parliament for the second time, after she ran forthe 2005 and 2010 National Assembly election.

The other winners include Shashi Kumary Adhikary (Raut) from Nepal, Irene Santiago from Philippines, Thavachsri Charles Vijayaratnam from Sri Lanka, Valentina Sagala from Indonesia, Magdalena Bidau Soares from Timor-Leste, Suprayoga Hadi from Indonesia, Rohaniza Usman from Philippines.

The other candidates from Afghanistan included parliament member Shukria Barakzai, Seema Ghani, Amina Mustaqim, Farzana Mansoori, Mosa Sherzada Hassan, Lida Naderi Hedayat, Jamila Afghani, Samira Hamidi, Azra Jafari and Najia Shamim.

The winners of the N-Peace Award will receive their awards during N-Peace Awards ceremony scheduled to be organized in the month of October. The N-Peace Network will also produce documentaries to capture the stories of all N-Peace Awardees, which will be presented during the Awards ceremony.

The documentaries will be released online via social media and N-Peace Network website.

N-Peace (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) is a multi-country initiative managed by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre with UNDP Offices across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan and the Philippines, in partnership with Search for Common Ground), the Institute for Inclusive Security and supported by USAID.


  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.