“Women of South Caucasus for Peace and Prosperity” regional movement established to promote regional peace and coexistence
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.
1. Individuals and groups with nominees in mind are encouraged to submit recommendations for any and all appropriate candidates/ organizations through the submission of this nomination form and all applicable references.
2. All nomination forms will be submitted to the Selection Committees in either Armenia, Azerbaijan or Georgia (see page 8 of this form for contact information and addresses). In accordance with a report by the committee, the board of the Initiative of Women for Peace in the South Caucasus will decide the winner. The selection for the award will be announced in April 2012.
To apply see the attached application form