Filipina nominated for the International N-Peace Awards PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 18:40

This is good honor news to all peace loving Filipinos. Filipina Rohaniza “Honey” Sumndad-Usman” is one of the nominees and the only nominee of the international 2013 N-Peace "Emerging Peace Champion" Award. The N-Peace Awards recognize and profile women leaders and peace builders who create change at the grassroots of national levels in Asia.

What is N-Peace? N-Peace (Network of Peace) is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance Women, Peace & Security (WPS) issues. It supports women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, and promotes the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and related resolutions, at regional, national and community levels. N-Peace’s mission is to Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment.

Coordinated by the N-Peace Network across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, the Awards shine a light on women who demonstrate leadership in building peace and empowering their communities. The N-Peace initiative and the Awards campaign are managed by UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center (APRC) in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the Institute for Inclusive Security, and with support from the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development, AusAID.  .

Born a Maranao Muslim princess, Honey Usman is currently the Philippine Country Director and Coordinator for Asia America Initiative that aims to promote peace and development through education, community-building and economic development in Mindanao. Currently the group is spearheading the mural peace wall painting in EDSA “Lakbay Para sa Kapayapaan sa EDSA,” that aims to break the world record as the longest peace mural wall in the world.

A princess bringing about peace in her land sounds like fairy-tale, her advocacy is her real-life modern story. Usman was seven years old and living in Saudi Arabia when the Gulf War broke out. She transformed this early understanding of war into a determination to see peace come to Mindanao and the Philippines, and her deep involvement in this agenda can be felt widely.

Usman is a charter member of Peace Talks, a network of peace advocates discussing issues and actions for Mindanao. At Outreach of Young Moro Professionals Network, which she chairs, young Muslim professionals advocate peaceful means to improve the socio-economic well-being of the Bangsamoro people.

She is an alumni member of Ayala Young Leaders Alliance, and a founding member of Active Catalysts of Tomorrow. She was previously the Associate Editor of Starfish Magazine, the first Filipino youth empowerment magazine; the publication was under the alumni of the Ayala Young Leaders Congress.

In 2007, Usman was recognized as an “Ambassador for Peace” Award by the Universal Peace Federation. She also clinched the “Leadership by Example” Award from the Rotary Club of Manila San Miguel, and is a Princeton Global Network Awardee on World’s Most Accomplished Individuals (2009 – 2010).

Visit and vote for her. Her winning will surely inspire Filipino women especially those in Mindanao to help pursue peace and not leave this issue in the hands of men only.

By Dante Corteza

Psalm 34:14. “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”.