Major WInnet Zharare received the first-ever Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for Zimbabwe.
A Zimbabwean peacekeeper who advocates for women's equality has been recognized with a prestigious award for gender advocacy.
Military Observer Major Winnet Zharare, completed her assignment with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where she served for nearly a year and a half.
The United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award recognises the dedication and effort of an individual peacekeeper in promoting the principles within the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on Women, Peace and Security
Created in 2016, the Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a military peacekeeper who has best integrated a gender perspective into peacekeeping activities. Each year, the awardee is selected among candidates nominated by Force Commanders and Heads of Mission from all peace operations.
As the first Zimbabwean to receive the award, she pioneered new achievements for equality in South Sudan.
"I am proud to present the Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award to Major Winnet Zharare of Zimbabwe.", said the UN Secretary-General as he handed over the medal on Thursday.