UN Medal was given to the members of the first-ever Pakistani Female Engagement Team (FET). This team was deployed in Congo with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The medal was given at a ceremony in Adikivu in South Kivu which is one of the provinces of Congo.
This 15 female Majors and Captain team was World’s first-ever Pakistani Female Engagement team in any UN peacekeeping mission. According to a message received at UN Headquarters in New York, the female officers ranged from psychologists to stress counselors, vocational training officers, gender advisers, doctors, nurses, operations officers, information officers, and logistics officers.
In early February, another 17 female officers will join the team. UN Peacekeepers heavily depend on engaging with the local community that feels comfortable liaising and sharing information with military troops. These troops include women along with men,
It added, “Throughout their deployment, the Pakistani female officers worked hard to win the trust of the community.”
According to the missions, the Pakistani FET implemented many successful projects that include vocational training, medical outreach, regular students support sessions, local women and teachers exposed to trauma along with psychological workshops for Congolese police personnel.
The press release read, “This team’s extraordinary endeavors to serve the UN is worthy of praise.”
The Congolese authorities were represented by Governor South Kivu Province Theo Ngwabidje at the ceremony.