Peacekeeper from Burkina Faso serving in Mali receives 2022 United Nations Woman Police Officer Award – African Business
The United Nations announced today that Alizeta Kabore Kinda, Chief Warrant Officer of Burkina Faso, will be awarded the 2022 United Nations Woman Police officer of the Year Award. It will be presented on 31 August 2022.
The award will be presented during third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS)The event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, 31 August-2022.
Chief Warrant officer Kinda serves as a gender focal person with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)She is a member of the Malian Security Forces, Menaka region, where she promotes and improves understanding of gender, child and civil protection issues. Following her efforts, more victims of sexual and gender-based violence are coming forward to report their cases to local authorities and to receive medical care – now three or more per month from none before her arrival. Her efforts have also been focused on increasing the number and quality of schools for girls and reducing the number of early marriages.
“Chief Warrant Officer Kinda’s work is a shining example of how the participation of women police in peace operations directly impacts the sustainability of peace by helping to bring different perspectives to the table and making our work more inclusive,” said Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. “Through her actions, she embodies a more representative, efficient police service that is better equipped to serve and protect the public.”
Kinda was overwhelmed by the news of her award and expressed her gratitude. “hope that it will inspire women and girls around the world to pursue policing careers despite the gender stereotypes often associated with the profession: that men are better suited to enforce the laws and protect the population.”
“Chief Warrant Officer Kinda has demonstrated creativity and commitment in addressing the specific security needs of the communities she serves,” said United Nations Police Adviser Luis Carrilho. “She and her team are helping to increase trust between Malian local authorities and communities, which makes the work of the United Nations Police more effective and the people safer.”
Chief Warrant Officer Kinda’s career has focused on protecting and promoting women’s and children’s rights, including between 2013 to 2015, when she was a gender focal point in the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Burkina Faso was her home country. She performed these duties in the Ministry of Security and the Regional Brigade for the Protection of Women and Children. This unit of the national police is responsible for investigating sexual violence and exploitation.
The United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year award was established in 2011 to recognize the exceptional contributions of women police officers to UN peace operations and to promote women’s empowerment.
Distributed by APO Group, United Nations (UN).
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