An Indian Army officer, Major Suman Gawani was honoured with UN Peacekeeping award. Major Suman Gawani served as a woman peacekeeper in the conflict-torn South Sudan last year. Major Suman Gawani has been conferred with “United Nations (UN) military gender advocate of the year” award.
A military observer in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) from November 2018-December 2019, Major Gawani received the honour on 29 May from UN’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during an online ceremony organised out of New York.
“I deep it a great honour to receive this award, which I dedicate with great pride to all Indian peacekeepers. Women and children are the most vulnerable and worst-hit during conflict situations”, said Major Suman Gawani.
Major Gawani received the prestigious honour along with Brazilian naval officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo.