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Two women in blue helmets share the annual UN Prize for Best Military Defender for Gender Issues

Military honors Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, part of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and Suman Gawani, a military observer previously stationed in the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS), share the award this year annually the body to the best military defender for gender issues.

The Brazilian Monteiro de Castro Araujo in particular is a military advisor for gender and protection at MINUSCA. According to the United Nations, he has provided gender training during his tenure and has been “fundamental” so the number of gender perspective patrols participating in local communities has increased from 574 to nearly 3,000 per month.

For the Brazilian officer, the award is recognition of the use of teamwork. “It is very gratifying for me and the mission to see that our initiatives are bearing fruit,” he said.

Two women in blue helmets share the annual UN Prize for Best Military Defender for Gender Issues
Two women in blue helmets share the annual UN Prize for Best Military Defender for Gender Issues

For her part, Gawani from India was the mentor to more than 230 United Nations military observers for sexual violence and conflict at UNMISS, where she also ensured the presence of military observers at each base of operations.

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