Myanmar N-Peace Champion Congratulated by UN LeadershipNov 27, 2017
Women’s rights activist from Chin State and the founder of the Women’s League of Chinland, Tuan Cer Sung Cheery Zahu (Cheery) is this year’s N-Peace winner from Myanmar.
She was congratulated by the UNDP Resident Representative, a.i, Knut Ostby, Country Director Peter Batchelor, and UNDP staff at an event organised in Yangon last week.
N-Peace is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance women, peace and security. The N-Peace awards are organized annually to recognise women, peace and security champions.
“Since 2011, the N-Peace Awards have recognized the tireless efforts of women peace activists in Asia as well as male partners who progress gender equality and the inclusion of women in peace processes in their own countries. I am very pleased that you are Myanmar’s N-Peace awardee this year,” said Mr Knut Ostby.
Cheery grew up as a refugee on the Chin-India border, joined the democratic movement and volunteered at the Chin Women’s Organisation. She now focuses on researching and documenting women’s issues. She said being the N-Peace awardee from Myanmar came as a big surprise to her.
“I am honoured and still surprised as I never imagine I will get recognition for my work. I do what I do, because I love doing it,” said Cheery, adding she was honoured to be this year’s N-Peace awardee from Myanmar.
Cheery and other N-Peace awardees will join other peace advocates from the region at an awards ceremony in Bangkok in January 2018. N-Peace is managed by UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub and with UNDP Offices in Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Philippines, in partnership with the Institute for Inclusive Security.