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Pakistani women peacekeepers win more praise

February 13, 2020 12:56 PM


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The United Nations has lauded the services of the Pakistani female peacekeepers serving under UN flag in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a tweet posted on its official twitter account, the UN said these Pakistani women are serving fore peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “They are military personnel, police officers, software engineers, psychologists, doctors and gender advisers.”

The praise came only days after UN secretary general’s visit to Pakistan.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be visiting Pakistan from February 16 to 19 during which he will attend an international conference on Afghan refugees.

 The Pakistan women peacekeepers also impressed US chief diplomat for South Asian Affairs. A day earlier Alice Wells in a tweet said: "Inspired by Pakistani women serving with distinction in the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC. The first Pakistani all-female group of 15 peacekeepers received medals last week for their work performing a range of services to the conflict-affected eastern DRC."

At present 78 Pakistan Army female peacekeepers are serving the noble cause of peacekeeping under the umbrella of UN as part of female engagement teams and staff officers at various headquarters.  Pakistan was the first country to deploy female engagement team in Congo on 19 June, 2019.

There are two female engagement teams in Congo and the third one is being operative in the Central African Republic in March 2020. So far 450 female peacekeepers are participating in various missions.

Achievements

 - Certificate of appreciation by the special representative of Secretary General (SRSG ) to Maj Samia Rehman, for excellent performance in UN Msn Congo in 2019.

 - Maj Arooj Arif received appreciation for being the only female officer who qualified for Dancon March (25 Kms in 5 hrs)

- Maj Sadia proud member of UN Integrated training team for two years

- Female peacekeepers trained in the centre for international peace & stability (CIPS)

- Female Peacekeepers trained in International Institutions



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