A Nepalese peacekeeper named UN Woman Police Officer of the Year for 2021

The United Nations has named a Nepalese peacekeeper serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the UN Woman Police Officer of the Year for 2021.

According to reports, Superintendent Sangya Malla of the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, is the head of its Police Health and Environment Unit in Kinshasa. Malla, a trained medical professional, assisted in the formation of the unit, which is in charge of implementing policies and procedures related to personnel health and well-being, as well as UN Police environmental initiatives. Her contributions were particularly valuable during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, previous Ebola outbreaks, and natural and humanitarian crises like the May volcanic eruption in Goma.

According to a press release issued jointly by the UN Department of Global Communications and the UN Department of Peace Operations during that emergency, her unit informed the local population and UN staff of precautionary measures. "I am honoured to receive this award, and I hope that it will inspire more young women in my country and around the world to pursue careers in policing, which is still too often considered man's work," Malla said. On November 9, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present her with the award in a virtual ceremony.

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