Department of Leadership Studies PhD Candidate Rubina Feroze Bhatti Receives N-Peace Award
The N-Peace Awards were first launched in 2011 to recognize and profile women and men leaders and peacebuilders creating change at the grassroots to national levels in Asia. Coordinated by the N-Peace Network across Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan and the Philippines, the Awards shine a light on women and men who demonstrate leadership in building peace and empowering their communities.
Rubina Feroze Bhatti, Pakistan, has been awarded the N-Peace Award her courageous work in defending the rights of Pakistan’s women and religious minorities. Rubina has devoted her life to creating a more peaceful Pakistan. She does this by protecting the rights of religious minorities and the rights of women who are targets of gender-based violence. Born to a Christian family in Sargodha, Punjab Province, Rubina grew up in a community of mainly landless farm labourers, emerging as a grassroots activist. Rubina earned her Master’s Degree in chemistry from Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) in Pakistan and her Master’s in development studies from Ireland where she was awarded with “Student of the Year” for her outstanding educational career. Later, she went to the United States where she is pursuing a PhD in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.
Upon receiving the B-Peace Award, Rubina expressed deepy graditude. "While I was deeply honored to have been presented with the 2015 N-Peace Award, a recognition of leadership in peace building by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), I will also be forever grateful to the Department of Leadership Studies at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences for helping me to develop the leadership skills that are so vital to my work in the challenging environment of Pakistan."