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Visaka Dharmadasa wins UN Peace Award

Sri Lankan Visaka Dharmadasa won the United Nations (UN) ‘N-Peace Award’ from the Island this year, the UN website said.

 

In their citation, the UN said that ‘Dharmadasa was awarded it for engaging women from different ethnicities in Sri Lanka to have dialogues around peace building, and working with women so that they become more active and confident participants in peacebuilding efforts.’

 

It further said that Dharmadasa is one of the numerous women who were affected by the Sri Lankan war.

 

In 2009, she founded the Association of War Affected Women and Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action – an institute that she also chairs.

 

She is a network member for Inclusive Security Women Waging Peace, part of the expert pool of the Resolution to Act for UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and a member of the Global Network of Women Peace Builders. She is the Director of the National Peace Council and the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections.

 

With several accomplishments including a nomination of the collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and winner of the Inter Act Humanitarian Award in 2006, Dharmadasa is a global voice on empowerment and the inclusion of women in the peace building process, the UN said.

 

N-Peace stands for ‘Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community, and Empowerment.’

(Ceylon Today)

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