AYLC alumna named “Emerging Peace Champion”

An Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) alumna was named by the N-Peace Awards as an “Emerging Peace Champion” for her unflagging work in the promotion of peace and development in the Philippines.

Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman of AYLC 2003 is the country director and coordinator of the Asia America Initiative, an organization geared toward peace and development through “education, community-building, and economic development in Mindanao.”

The N-Peace awards “recognize and profile women leaders and peace builders, creating change at the grassroots to national levels in Asia. 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.” Honey was the only Filipino nominee in the “Emerging Peace Champions” category.

At present, Rohaniza (“Ate Honey” to many) has been making waves in the peace-building process in the country by promoting peace through AAI and its various programs. Recently, she and the organization have introduced its lovable animated characters “Kapa,” “Yapa, and “An,” through animated clips, story books, and online media—mainstreaming peace education and bringing issues of peace and development to the national conversation.

Honey is also a charter member of Peace Talks, a network of peace advocates discussing issues in Mindanao, as well as a member of the Young Moro Professionals Network, which brings young Muslim professionals together to advocate for peaceful means to improve the socioeconomic well-being of every person living in Bangsamoro.

The awarding ceremony will be held in October. 

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