Deadline: February 7, 2022

Applications are open for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award 2022. The USIP Women Building Peace Award recognizes women peacebuilders from fragile and conflict-affected countries who are leading efforts to prevent conflict, challenge violence, and find peacebuilding solutions to make a difference in their communities, countries, and/or internationally.

By nominating a woman peacebuilder, you are honoring her accomplishments, validating her dedicated work to the peacebuilding field, and recognizing her contributions to preventing and ending violent conflict.

Background

Over the past two decades, international organizations and the U.S. government have increasingly recognized the importance of gender equality in creating enduring, peaceful societies. Women’s sustained, meaningful participation in peace processes is vital to the overall success and longevity of peace agreements. When women are included in peace processes, the resulting peace agreement is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years—and yet, from 1992–2019, women accounted for, on average, 6 percent of mediators and 6 percent of signatories in major peace process.

USIP has long been engaged in supporting women peacebuilders in countries affected by conflict—including civil society leaders and peace negotiators in Afghanistan, mediators in Colombia, women-led organizations preventing violent extremism in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, advocates for gender equality in Pakistan, religious leaders across the Middle East advancing the rights of women and girls, and leaders of nonviolent movements around the globe.

The Women Building Peace Award both reflects the Institute’s comprehensive commitment to gender and peacebuilding and demonstrates the important role women play in peacebuilding efforts.

Eligibility

  • The nominee must be a woman of at least 18 years of age.
  • The nominee must be a non-U.S. citizen.
  • The nominee must be working to build peace in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region.
  • The nominee cannot be employed by USIP or have been affiliated with USIP as a contractor, grantee, fellow or recipient of the Women Building Peace Award during the 24 months prior to the submission of this nomination application.
  • The nominee must not have been nominated for the Women Building Peace Award in the past two years.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate the following four qualities:

  • Commitment to Peace: A woman who shows a commitment to peace through her work to prevent or resolve conflict nonviolently in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region.
  • Exceptional Leadership:A woman who embodies exceptional leadership through her vision and innovation and has earned the respect of others in the pursuit of peace.
  • Outstanding Practitioner: A woman who is a peacebuilding practitioner working with members of local, national or international communities in an inclusive and participatory manner.
  • Substantial Impact: A woman whose peacebuilding work has led to tangible results.

Application

All nominators must register for a FLUXX account by 2:00pm EST on Monday, February 7, 2022.

All completed nomination applications must be received by 2:00pm EST on Monday, February 14, 2022. Late nomination applications will not be considered.

For more information, visit USIP.

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