Nepalese peacekeeper named UN Police Officer of the Year 2021
The United Nations: A Nepalese female peacekeeper serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been named the recipient of the 2021 UN Female Police Officer of the Year.
Superintendent Sangya Malla of the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, is the head of its health and environment police unit, based in the capital, Kinshasa, the Xinhua news agency reports.
Malla, a medical professional by training, helped establish the unit, which is responsible for implementing policies and procedures regarding the health and well-being of staff as well as the environmental initiatives of the Police United Nations.
His contributions have been particularly significant during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, past Ebola outbreaks, and natural and humanitarian crises such as the volcanic eruption in the city of Goma last May.
During the emergency, his unit alerted the local population and UN personnel to the precautionary measures, according to a press release issued jointly by the United Nations Department of Global Communications and the United Nations Department of Peace Operations. United.
“I am honored to receive this award and hope it will inspire more young women in my country and around the world to pursue a career in policing, which is still too often seen as a ‘man’s job’” , Malla said.
She will receive the award from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a virtual ceremony on November 9.
The UN chief praised the “blue helmet” for their work to improve the safety and well-being of UN peacekeepers by mitigating their risks from Covid-19 and other threats.
“And she represents something much bigger – the many contributions of female police officers to promoting peace and security around the world,” Guterres added.
“Through her work, Superintendent Malla embodies the best of the UN.”
Malla helped develop advice to prevent and mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
This year, it organized more than 300 awareness sessions on coronavirus prevention as well as environmental protection for the local population, Congolese authorities and UN personnel.
As MONUSCO police focal point on Covid-19, she also disseminated vaccine information and promoted vaccination efforts, according to the press release.