Roma Al-Damasi, Eunice Otuko Apio, Gloria Laker, Muna Luqman, Hindrin Muhammad and María Eugenia Mosquera Riascos are Finalists for Women Building Peace Award

USIP announced six finalists for the 2022 award on October 6th. This year’s award recipient will be announced on November 30.

The 2023 Women Building Peace Award competition will open for nominations in early 2023.

"These six women are all absolutely exceptional," said Lise Grande, USIP's president and CEO.

U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Finalists For 2022 Women Building Peace Award, selected by A council of distinguished experts and leaders: Roma Al-Damasi from Yemen; Eunice Otuko Apio from Uganda; Gloria Laker from Uganda; Muna Luqman from Yemen; Hindrin Muhammad from Syria; and María Eugenia Mosquera Riascos from Colombia.This year, USIP received nominations from over 25 countries.

Roma Al-Damasi is a peace activist and the founder and president of the Khadija Foundation for Development (KFD) and the all-inclusive center for persons with disabilities in southwestern Yemen.

Eunice Otuko Apio is the founder of Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD), a grassroots peacebuilding NGO founded in 2004 in northern Uganda, where the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) launched its 35-year legacy of brutal terrorist attacks.

Gloria Laker is the founder and director of the Peace Journalism Foundation (PJF) of Uganda-East Africa. She is also a peace media trainer and journalist.

Muna Luqman is the founder and chairperson of Food4Humanity and co-founder of the Women’s Solidarity Network in Yemen.

Hindrin Muhammad is a peacebuilder in Northeast Syria who empowers women and youth that have been traumatized by war.

María Eugenia Mosquera Riascos is the legal representative of Comunidades Construyendo Paz en Colombia (CONPAZCOL), a grassroots network of 140 victims’ organizations in 14 departments across Colombia where violent conflict continues.

Last year, 2021 Women Building Peace Award Goes to Josephine Ekiru

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is honored to announce the six finalists for the 2022 Women Building Peace Award.

The Women Building Peace Award is given each year to a woman peacebuilder who has made a major contribution to preventing conflict, combatting violence and building peace.

"Working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, these women have built peace in their communities and countries by forging alliances, resolving grievances, fighting for rights and protecting people from violence."

"It is with great honor that we announce these finalists on the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Women, Peace and Security Act, which has enshrined American's commitment to support courageous women around the world."

The recipient of this year's award will be announced at the end of November.

USIP was established by Congress in 1984 as a nonpartisan public institute dedicated to helping to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict abroad.

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