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Top woman prison officer with UN Mission in CAR, wins first ever Trailblazer Award

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The creator of a women-only fast intervention group who leads riot management actions contained in the Central African Republic’s greatest all male high-security jail, was named the winner of a prestigious new UN award on Tuesday.

Téné Maïmouna Zoungrana, of Burkina Faso, serves with the UN Mission in CAR, MINUSCAOpens in new window. She obtained the United Nations Trailblazer Award for Girls Justice and Corrections Officers at a particular ceremony, at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Chef de Cupboard of the Government Workplace of the Secretary-Common, Courtenay Rattray, offered the award to Ms. Zoungrana on behalf of the Secretary-Common.

The pinnacle of UN Peace OperationsOpens in new window, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and Government Director of UN WomenOpens in new window, Sima Sami Bahous, additionally delivered remarks.

Ms. Zoungrana, first deployed to the Multidimensional Built-in Stabilization Mission within the Central African Republic, between 2014 and 2017 and commenced her present tour with the mission, in 2020.

Disaster management

She helps one in all MINUSCA’s most tough duties – the demilitarization of the jail system in CAR, stated UN Peacekeeping, in a press launch asserting the award.

She additionally leads and coordinates rapid-intervention and riot-control actions on the all-male Ngaragba Central Jail in Bangui, the biggest and most risky jail in CAR with a inhabitants of detainees categorized as high-risk. It has some 1,335 inmates, accounting for just below 70 per cent of your complete jail inhabitants of the nation.

Along with her huge technical experience in disaster intervention, Ms. Zoungrana has mentored many UN colleagues and nationwide jail workers, and created a women-only fast intervention group.

Banishing stereotypes

“Jail safety has lengthy been characterised by stereotypes which have hindered the event of ladies jail directors”, Ms. Zoungrana stated, after being informed about her choice for the brand new award.

“I’m very happy that right this moment alternatives are given to ladies to work in prisons, and to carry out all roles with out distinction, and I really feel empowered,” stated Téné Maïmouna Zoungrana as she was notified of the award.

Final month, the newly minted award winner spoke to UN NewsOpens in new window in a particular profile on her pioneering work, noting that girls are “typically positioned second and even ignored”, after they work as corrections officers.

Amongst her achievements, she built-in fast intervention coaching into the nationwide insurance policies for prisons and detention centres, and helped enhance the effectiveness and accountability of CAR penitentiary establishments, resulting in a major discount within the variety of escapes on the jail.

“United Nations corrections officers, reminiscent of Ms. Zoungrana, work hand in hand with nationwide corrections workers to make sure public security. Corrections Officers perform this work beneath tough circumstances,” defined UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

‘Core values’

Government Director of UN Girls, Ms. Bahous, famous that we face “intersecting world threats to peace, justice and gender equality and rising pushback that threatens years of progress, it’s extra essential than ever that the UN displays its core values of equity and equality. This begins with making certain that extra ladies have entry to management and decision-making roles”.

Breaking one other barrier

The UN Trailblazer Award was established in 2022 by the Justice and Corrections Service in Workplace of Rule of Regulation and Safety InstitutionsOpens in new window, a part of the Division of Peace Operations.

It goals to showcase excellent ladies justice and corrections officers who’ve damaged via gender limitations in tough and harmful contexts and confirmed that girls are an important a part of each peace operation’s mandate to create sustainable peace.

The opposite excellent nominees who made the shortlist for the Trailblazer Award, have been Mboahangy “Fana” Rakotoarisoa of Madagascar deployed to MINUSMAOpens in new window; Wedji Mbengue of Senegal deployed to MINUSCA; Beatrice Have been of Kenya beforehand deployed to MONUSCOOpens in new window; and Karima Dannauda Mohammed of Nigeria, deployed to MONUSCO.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Workplace at Geneva (UNOG).

This Press Launch has been issued by APO. The content material shouldn’t be monitored by the editorial group of African Enterprise and never of the content material has been checked or validated by our editorial groups, proof readers or reality checkers. The issuer is solely chargeable for the content material of this announcement.

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