Kenya: Blue Helmet Steplyne Nyaboga wins UN Gender Advocate Award
A Kenyan peacekeeper won the 2020 United Nations Military Gender Advocate Award.
Major Steplyne Nyaboga, 32, who served in the recently concluded United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), will receive the award at a virtual ceremony chaired by the Secretary-General of UN António Guterres on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
While acknowledging the work of Major Nyaboga, Mr. Guterres said: “Peace and security can only be achieved and maintained if all members of society have equal opportunities, protection, access to resources and services. and can participate in decision making. “
The UN chief congratulated Maj Nyaboga for presenting perspectives that raised awareness of important gender dimensions throughout the mission and strengthened their engagement with women in Darfur.
The award recognizes the dedication and efforts of an individual military peacekeeper in advancing the principles of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in an operation of peace.
Upon receiving the award, Maj Nyaboga declared that peacekeeping is a human endeavor.
“Placing women and girls at the center of our efforts and concerns will help us better protect civilians and build a more lasting peace,” she said.
Major Nyaboga, who began his military career in 2009 as the commander of the radio transmission troop, promoted gender awareness among local communities, with the aim of improving the protection of civilians.
Resolution 1325 calls on actors to integrate a gender perspective in peacekeeping and to ensure the participation of women in peace and political processes.