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IDRC Women, Peace and Security Research Award winners recognized in high-level ceremony

February 10, 2022
IDRC President Jean Lebel announced the recipients of the first annual Women, Peace and Security Research Award in a ceremony hosted on 10 February by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Canada’s women, peace, and security awards

The award supports researcher Marsin Alshamary and two researchers, Hafsa Afailal and Muzna Dureid who are sharing an award, to generate knowledge on women peacebuilders. Alshamary’s research focusses on Iraqi women’s leadership in formal politics and in civil society, and Afailal and Dureid will address the digital security of women human-rights defenders, activists and peacebuilders in Syria and Yemen.

Global Affairs Canada and IDRC jointly support the five-year Women, Peace and Security Awards Program to help address the lack of recognition and support for the important role civil society plays in the full implementation of the women, peace and security agenda. The research awards will help fill the gaps in evidence needed to support this agenda.

At the same ceremony, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, presented the Women, Peace and Security Civil Society Leadership Award to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and Minister Joly presented the award to Tejido Mujer (Woman Weave), Colombia. This recognition highlights the two organizations’ outstanding contributions to conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding. 

Canada’s ambassador for Women, Peace and Security, Jacqueline O’Neill, also participated to honour this year’s winners and announced the theme of the awards program for 2022: “Inclusive peace and security.”

Read more about the 2021 research awards.

Visit the Women, Peace and Security Awards Program page on the Global Affairs Canada website.