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Zambian peacekeeper awarded 2020 United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year

Press Release

New York, Friday, 30 October 2020 – The UN Department of Peace Operations announced that Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo of Zambia, currently serving in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will be awarded the 2020 United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year.

Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo of Zambia – 2020 UN Police Woman of the Year – Credit Priyanka Chowdhury UNMISS

Chief Inspector Malambo currently serves as a Gender Adviser in Juba, South Sudan. Working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), she helped establish the Stand Up for Rights of Women and Girls initiative that has helped to reduce and prevent sexual and gender-based crime in South Sudan. As part of this project, Chief Inspector Malambo created a network of groups led by male local police officers to engage other men in the community to disseminate information and promote the protection and advancement of the rights of women and girls.

Chief Inspector Malambo also contributed to UNMISS’ efforts to disseminate information on COVID-19 prevention to vulnerable communities, including those with disabilities.

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 the empowerment of women.

The award carries special significance this year when we mark the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and 60 years since the first deployment of United Nations police, to the United Nations Operation in the Congo.

“Greater women’s participation in peacekeeping sends a strong message to our host populations. This message is amplified when women police officers like Chief Inspector Malambo take the lead to empower and protect others, even more so in a pandemic context” said Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who will present her with the award at a virtual ceremony on 3 November 2020. “Through both her ideas and actions Doreen Malambo exemplifies the best of United Nations policing.”

“Like many peacekeepers during this challenging time, Chief Inspector Malambo continues to go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our communities,” said United Nations Police Adviser Luis Carrilho. “Gender-responsive policing is a responsibility shared by all, and her efforts within the Mission and in the community to engage more men have led to greater awareness of the role each of us can play,” Carrilho added.

“Knowing that I am making a difference by working to empower women and promote their active inclusion and participation in society motivates me. Women’s empowerment is the key to increasing the visibility of interests, concerns, needs and contributions of women as we advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda,” said Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo.

Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo’s previous UN experience includes a deployment with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2008 to 2009, where she assisted the Liberia National Police to prevent and investigate sexual and gender-based violence and domestic violence. Her national experience spans 24 years with the Zambia Police Service.

The award will be presented during the 15th United Nations Police Week that will take place virtually from 2 to 6 November. At this annual event, heads of UN police components and police experts from peacekeeping operations, special political missions and regional offices and United Nations senior leadership discuss performance, conduct and discipline, protection of civilians, conflict prevention, sustaining peace and other topics and priorities affecting United Nations policing.

About 11,000 UN police, 1,300 of whom are women, are deployed in 16 United Nations peace operations today to enhance international peace and security by supporting host countries in conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations.

The United Nations’ goal is to deploy 30% women among individual police officers and 20% among formed police units by 2028.

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The award ceremony will be held virtually on 3 November at 12:00 EST and broadcast live on UN webcast: http://webtv.un.org/

Media contacts:

Douglas Coffman

Peace & Security Section

UN Department of Global Communications

Email : coffmand@un.org

Cell: +1 917 361 9923

Sophie Boudre

Strategic Communications Section

UN Department of Peace Operations

Email: boudre@un.org

Cell: +1 917 691 5359

Public discussion on Peacekeeping documentary “Until There is Peace”

More than 60 guests attended the documentary screening of the “Until there is Peace” movie, which was held on 18 April 2018 at UNIC Lusaka.

The movie screening attracted guests from the Zambia Scouts Association, students from the

Patrons watching the documentary "Until There is Peace"

Patrons watching the documentary “Until There is Peace”

University of Zambia (UNZA), Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA), Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, as well as UNIC Lusaka Library dairy clients among others.

Until there is peace, is a movie that was directed by Melonie Kastman and produced by Lynn Zekanis. The documentary aims to show the important role that UN Peacekeeping missions play to foster peace with a particular highlight of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The one hour thirty-five minutes documentary had the guests glued with silence as they watched, and later had a very educative and interactive question and answer session which resulted in UNIC Lusaka staff explaining more about the works of the UN Peacekeepers as most of the guests only after watching the movie did they appreciate the efforts of the peacekeepers.

Meanwhile, Colonel Rex Mwenda a member of the Zambia Scouts Association emphasised that UNIC Lusaka needs to host more of such events, so that many Zambians can see and commend the UN Peacekeepers for the job well done in filling up the loopholes in war torn countries to eradicate conflict.

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