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Major Radhika Sen

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Source: UN

 Context: Major Radhika Sen, an Indian military peacekeeper serving with the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will receive the 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award.


Her Contributions:

She led efforts to engage with conflict-affected communities, particularly women and girls, in North Kivu. Her dedication and leadership exemplify the principles of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. Major Sen facilitated community alert networks, provided education and vocational training, and advocated for women’s rights. She becomes the second Indian peacekeeper to receive this prestigious award.


About the Award:

The UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award, established by the Office of Military Affairs in the Department for Peace Operations, honours a military peacekeeper who has effectively integrated a gender perspective into peacekeeping activities. Awardees are selected from nominees recommended by Force Commanders and Heads of Mission across all peace operations. The award acknowledges individuals’ commitment to promoting the principles of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.