United Nations: The Department of Peace Operations in a press release announced that the 2021 UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award will be given to Military observer Major Winnet Zharare, a Zimbabwean peacekeeper who served in Bentiu, South Sudan until April 2022.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the 39-year old will receive the award on Thursday from Antonio Guterres , the UN Secretary-General at a ceremony marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
"Through her service, she has demonstrated the invaluable role that women play in building trust, advocating for change and forging peace," said Guterres in the press release.
"Her example shows how we will all gain with more women at the decision-making table and gender parity in peace operations."
Zharare was deployed to the UN Mission in South Sudan in November 2020.
Throughout her 17-month-long service, she advocated for gender parity and women's participation, within her own ranks, among local military counterparts, and in host communities, the press release added.
With inputs from IANS