Indian Army officer, Major Suman Gawani awarded With ‘UN Military Gender Advocate Award’
Major Suman served as a Military observer in United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS from November 2018 to December 2019. The officer encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions. She visited various mission team sites across South Sudan to integrate gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission.
The officer was selected to attend a specialised training on Conflict Related Sexual Violence at Nairobi and participated in various UN forums to demonstrate how a gender perspective can help in protecting civilians, especially from conflict related sexual violence. Apart from supporting the UNMISS Force initiatives, she also trained the South Sudan government forces on Conflict Related Sexual Violence related aspects. The officer also commanded the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organised at UNMISS.
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