Mumbai: On the occasion of United Nations International Peacekeepers day, Indian army officer Major Suman Gawani who served as a women peacekeeper in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2019 is being awarded the prestigious “United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award” on Friday.
Major Suman will receive the award from the UN Secretary-general Mr. Antonio Guterres in an online ceremony organized at UN headquarters, New York.
She served as a Military observer in UNMISS from November 2018 to December 2019. At the mission, she was the principal focal point of contact for gender issues for Military Observers. The officer encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions.
To integrate a gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission she visited various team sites across South Sudan.
Apart from supporting the UNMISS Force initiatives, she also trained the South Sudan government forces on CRSV related aspects. The officer also commanded the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organized at UNMISS, where she commanded twelve contingents of UNPOL, Military, and Civilians.
Major Suman will receive this award along with a Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monterio de Castro Araujo.