In a proud development for the Indian Army, Major Suman Gawani who served as a peacekeeper with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) last year, has won the prestigious “United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award”. She was presented with the award by UN’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers during an online ceremony organized at the UN headquarters, New York.

The United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the year Award perceives the commitment and exertion of an individual peacekeeper in advancing the standards with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. This resolution affirms the significant job of ladies in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response, and in post-conflict reconstruction.

Responding to the development, Major Gawani underscored that being the first from the whole country to have won the honor is an exciting development which comes with very big responsibilities. She also said, “I deep it a great honor to receive this award, which I dedicate with great pride to all Indian peacekeepers. Women and children are the most vulnerable and worst-hit during conflict situations.”

Hailing from Uttarakhand State’s Tehri Garhwal district, Major Gawani received the prestigious honor along with Brazilian naval officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo.

Major Suman Gawani is indeed an inspiration for the women belonging not only to our country but to the rest of the world as well. It is women like her who give the actual meaning to the word Women Empowerment.

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