Indian Army Major Radhika Sen selected for 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award

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  • Major Radhika Sen is the second Indian peacekeeper to receive this award. Before her, Major Suman Gwani, serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, was given this honor in 2019

New Delhi: It is a matter of pride for the Indian Army… Major Radhika Sen of the Indian Army has been selected for the 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award. This award acknowledges her support as a peacekeeper for women and girls. She has become the second Indian woman to receive this award. It is considered a prestigious award.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated her and described her as a true and ideal leader. He said that her service was a true gesture towards the United Nations as a whole. Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that Guterres will present this award to Major Radhika Sen on Thursday on the occasion of UN International Peacekeepers Day. This award recognizes the efforts of a military peacekeeper in promoting the principles of the Security Council Resolution of 2000. This resolution calls for the protection of women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence and gender-related responsibilities for the United Nations.

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According to the United Nations, Major Radhika Sen served in the organization’s stabilization mission in the Republic of Congo. There he helped in setting up the Community Alert Network in North Kivu. Major Radhika Sen is the second Indian peacekeeper to receive this award. Before him, Major Suman Gwani, serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, received this honor in 2019. About the Award-

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Created in 2016 by the Office of Military Affairs under the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), the Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award honors a military peacekeeper who has best integrated a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations. Each year, the award winner is selected from candidates nominated by force commanders and heads of missions from all peacekeeping missions.

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