The United Nations has recognized a Nepalese peacekeeper with an award.

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Currently serving in the Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Superintendent of Police Sangya Malla of Nepal has been named the 2021 United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year, according to the United Nations Department of Peace Operations. She is the first Nepalese woman to receive the award.

Secretary-General António Guterres will present Malla with the award during a virtual event on November 9, according to the Nations website.

The Superintendent of Police (Supt. of Police) is a high-ranking officer in the police department who is in charge of enforcing the law. The MONUSCO Police Health and Environment Unit, which Malla was instrumental in establishing in the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, is currently under her as the chief. The unit is in charge of putting rules and procedures in place that pertain to the health and well-being of police officers, as well as implementing environmental programs sponsored by the Nations Police.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and previous outbreaks of Ebola virus disease, as well as natural and humanitarian crises such as the volcanic eruption in Goma last May, during which her unit issued warnings to local residents and Nations personnel, her contributions have been of direct significance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“She was instrumental in the establishment and current leadership of MONUSCO’s Health and Environment Unit, which is dedicated to improving the safety and welfare of our peacekeepers by mitigating the risks posed by COVID-19 and other threats,” said Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a press statement. “Moreover, she embodies something far larger: the numerous contributions made by female police personnel to the advancement of peace and security throughout the world. Superintendent Malla exemplifies the best of the United Nations by the way she goes about her business.”

Malla, a practitioner by training, contributed to the development of recommendations for preventing and limiting the spread of COVID-19. The local community, government officials, and UN personnel have participated in more than 300 awareness sessions on COVID-19 prevention and environmental protection this year. As the MONUSCO Police’s point of contact for COVID-19, she has also been sharing on vaccines and boosting vaccination initiatives across the country.

According to Malla, “I am honored to win this award, and I hope that it will inspire many young women in my nation and around the world to seek careers in policing, which is still too often perceived as a man’s profession.” Awarded annually since 2011, the Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year Award honors women police officers who have made outstanding contributions to UN peacekeeping operations while also promoting the empowerment of women around the world.

According to United Nations Police Adviser Luis Carrilho, “Like many peacekeepers during this trying period amid the pandemic, Superintendent Malla has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support local communities.”

“Through her efforts with her team to promote knowledge about public health and natural hazards, she has, in the end, made both her colleagues and the Congolese people safer, which is a fundamental purpose of policing.”

She began working for the Nepal Police in 2008 as an inspector.

Approximately 7,300 United Nations police officers, nearly a quarter of whom are women, are currently deployed in 14 United Nations peace operations around the world, where they work to promote international peace and security by assisting host countries in conflict, post-conflict, and other crisis situations, according to the United Nations.

Approximately 7,300 United Nations police officers are in 14 United Nations peace operations around the world, according to the United Nations.

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