Women Ambassadors for Peace is on one of the important initiative of UJYALO Program. UJYALO, literally meaning "From dark to light", is a partnership of five INGOs (The Save the Children, US (as lead organization), CARE Nepal, The Asia Foundation, Winrock International, International Development Enterprise) and multiple NGOs, CBOs, and members of civil society. It is one of the largest peacebuilding program in Nepal. For nearly three years, with the financial support of USAID, UJYALO has been implemented in thirteen districts in western Nepal. The main goal of UJYALO is to promote peace through improved income, support services and local capacity for peace among conflict affected communities in western Nepal.
The Women Ambassadors for Peace initiative is a new concept supported by UJYALO, CARE Nepal. UJYALO is a peace building program funded by USAID Nepal. The UJYALO program is a joint implementation of 5 collaborating INGO's- Save the Children-USA (SC-US) as a Prime, Winrock International (WI), The Asia Foundation (TAF), International Development Enterprises (IDE) and CARE Nepal (CN). All these organization are working together to promote peace through improved income, support and local capacity for peace among conflict affected communities in western Nepal.
The three intermediate results of project are:
- Enhance opportunities for sustainable incomes in conflict-affected areas.
- Increased use of key psychosocial, medical, legal and economic services by VOCs.
- Strengthened community capacity for peace.
Under it’s IR 8.3 (Strengthened Community Capacity for Peace), one such initiative is Women Ambassadors for Peace. In the context of UJYALO Program CARE Nepal, Peace Building is a process that focuses on all the effort undertaken to prevent violence (in pre conflict situation), to foster peace (during violence/conflict situation) and to cultivate peace (in post conflict situation). “Peacebuilding involves creating conditions in a society which will support a sustainable peace.”
16 dedicated women leaders from 6 districts (Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dang, Surkhet, Banke, Bardiya) participate to transcending any form of boundaries to promote community of genuine peace. These women ambassadors are committed to make differences in their society. They have also formed an informal network with all peace ambassadors to plan activities and keep continuing their work for peace in their own community.
These 16 women leaders have undertaken series of trainings such as Basic Journalism and the Radio Journalism from Nepal Press Institute and Regional Media Resource, Training on Peace Building including Social Inclusion, Conflict Resolution, Governance, Rights Based Approach, UNSCR 1325, DO NO Harm, Human rights, Women’s Human Rights from CARE Nepal.
16 women leaders were nominated by local NGOs of their respective districts based on some fixed criteria’s with regard to their education qualification, interest to serve people, interest in journalism, committed to work for community peace and women empowerment and strong commitment to support post conflict reconciliation.
Women Ambassadors for Peace are committed to work to overcome community barriers, build relationship and trust within communities, and promote peace and harmony in the community. Their efforts are based on the shared values and principles. Their key principles are: Promoting women empowerment, social inclusion and good governance, non violent resolution of conflict, work under the principle of human rights, promote reconciliation and build trust and establish linkages and cooperation. They are committed to make difference in people’s life. These women have strong interest in the field of social work, peace building and reconciliation and providing voice for voiceless through newspapers, local FMs and radios. They have build expertise in the areas of women rights, peace building, women and peace process, social inclusion, good governance, conflict resolution, political rights, media, sports, arts, non-violent resolution of conflict, Do No Harm. They have shown consistent commitment to service and peacebuilding activities.
Finally, we would like to introduce them to you and would like to request you to kindly work with them and involve them in your peace and development programs and also use their expertise of journalism to raise voice for the voiceless.