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Indian Army officer, Major Suman Gawani awarded With ‘UN Military Gender Advocate Award’

Updated: May 30, 2020 10:53 am
Major Suman Gawani, an Indian Army officer who served as a women peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in 2019 is being awarded the prestigious – United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the year Award.  She will receive the award from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during an online ceremony today being organised at the UN Headquarters, New York on the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.  Major Suman will receive this award along with a Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo.

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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