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Major Radhika Sen receives prestigious 2023 UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award

  • Major Radhika Sen, an Indian peacekeeper, named United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year for 2023.
  • Award recognizes her outstanding service and efforts to empower local communities, especially women and girls.
  • Served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from March 2023 to April 2024.
  • Deployed with UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO as the Commander of the Engagement Platoon for the Indian Rapid Deployment Battalion in eastern DRC.
  • Established Community Alert Networks for community leaders, young people, and women to voice security and humanitarian concerns.
  • Led mixed-gender engagement patrols and activities, earning the trust of the local population.
  • Fostered a safe space for men and women to operate together, becoming a role model for peacekeepers.
  • Facilitated English classes for children and provided health, gender, and vocational training for displaced and marginalized adults.
  • Encouraged women in the village of Kashlira to address issues collectively and advocate for their rights.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised her service, describing it as “a true credit to the United Nations.”
  • The award will be presented to Major Sen during a ceremony on Thursday, May 30th.

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