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Doreen Malambo wins UN Woman Police Officer award for 2020

United Nations: Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo, gender adviser at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has won the prestigious UN Woman Police Officer of the year award for 2020, in honour of her work supporting vulnerable groups, such as women, girls, children, and people with disabilities, a UN News report said.

Malambo, who is Zambian, and spent 24 years with her country’s police service, has been posted with UNMISS since 2019, where her role involves participating in community consultations, and mobilization on crime prevention or reduction.

In previous postings with the UN, Malambo was deployed with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2008 to 2009, where she assisted the Liberia National Police in preventing and investigating sexual and gender-based and domestic violence.

Shortly after she arrived in South Sudan, Malambo swiftly made an impact, seeking out partnerships with UN bodies that resulted in innovative collaboration with men at the grassroots level, aimed at improving the rights of women and girls, said UN News on Friday.

Working with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), she was involved in establishing the Stand Up for Rights of Women and Girls initiative that has helped to reduce and prevent sexual and gender-based crime in South Sudan.

As part of this project, Malambo created a network of groups led by male local police officers to engage other men in the community to disseminate information and promote the protection and advancement of the rights of women and girls. She has also supported military counterparts, in their efforts to establish women’s networks.

The award will be presented by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peace Operations, at a virtual ceremony to be held on Nov. 3, according to UN News.

In a statement issued on Friday, Lacroix said that Malambo “exemplifies the best of United Nations policing,” through her ideas and actions.

The UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award was established in 2011 to recognize the exceptional contributions that women police officers make to UN peace operations and to promote the empowerment of women. The award carries special significance this year, as 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and 60 years since the first deployment of UN Police, to the UN Operation in the Congo. About 11,000 UN Police, 1,300 of whom are women, are deployed in 16 UN peace operations today to enhance international peace and security by supporting host countries in conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations.

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