The Young Women’s Peace Award in the Caucasus has been established to acknowledge the exceptional role and leadership potential of young women in building peace, empowering their communities and working to prevent conflicts and to restore and protect human rights. It has been inspired by the work of famous peace and human rights activist Anahit Bayandur (1931-2011), winner of Olaf Palme Peace Prize.
We understand that “Peace is not absence of war, but the ability to cope with it” and to sustain it. We see peace as a creative and powerful process that needs to be built and youth, especially young women, have much to invest in that process in the Caucasus and beyond. This award is aimed at advancing and supporting the emergence of a new generation of peace builders. The aim is to recognize their contributions as well as to support and empower them to feel responsible for their communities and the wider world in which they live.
The award will be given to a young woman between the ages of 25-45 or alternatively an organization that invests in peace building in their community. The person or organization has to be known in the community for her/their peace -building activities and for her/their promotion of peace, justice, and protection of human rights. This can be through civic activism, academic research, journalism, writing, using social media as tool, etc. This work should have lasting impact on the processes of peace and confidence building. The geographical location or location of current residence of the person or organization is not important, what matters is their work and the connection of this work to the Caucasus.
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