CAR / BRAZILIAN PEACEKEEPER 27 MAR 19

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A Brazilian peacekeeper serving in the UN mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been selected to receive the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award. MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / BRAZILIAN PEACEKEEPER
TRT: 2:34
SOURCE: MINUSCA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20-22 MARCH 2019, BRIA / BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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20-22 MARCH 2019, BRIA / BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1. Wide shot, LtCom Barga walking in the base of the Minusca in Bria
2. Various shots, LtCom Barga meeting with colleagues at MINSUCA base in Bria
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, Naval officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I prepared the action plan and establish the military gender personnel to the mission. One important part of my job here was visiting sectors. So, when I’m in the sectors I have meetings with the mission components, military, civilian and police. At the same time, I provide training to the military on how to employ gender perspective on military operations. I engage with the local population and I have meetings with local women leaders in order to empower them, giving voice, improving their participation.”
4. Wide shot, LtCom Barga gets of UN plane in Bria
7. Wide shot, LtCom Barga discussing with colleagues in Bria
8. Wide shot, UN car circulating in Bria
9. Medium shot, LtCom Barga in a UN car
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, Naval officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“In fact, with my experience here in Minusca, women are more worried about peace because they have families. So, they are a very important source of information. And with this information, we can be more effective in our operations. We can target the sensitive areas, and we can prevent violations.”
11. Various shots, LtCom Barga speaking to women representatives in Bria
12. Various shots, LtCom Barga walking with women in Bria and gardening
13. Various shots, night patrol in Bangui

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A Brazilian peacekeeper serving in the UN mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been selected to receive the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award.

Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, a Naval officer working in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, will receive the award from UN Secretary-General António Guterres during the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting, held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday 29th March.

Created in 2016, the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award recognises the dedication and effort of an individual peacekeeper in promoting the principles of UN Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Serving as the Military Gender Advisor in MINUSCA Force Headquarters since April 2018, LtCdr Braga helped build a network of trained gender advisors and focal points among the Mission’s military units and promoted the use of mixed teams of men and women to conduct community-based patrols around the country.

These ‘Engagement Teams’ were able to gather critical information to help the Mission understand the unique protection needs of men, women, boys and girls. They in turn helped develop community projects that support vulnerable communities go about their lives through, among others, the installation of water pumps close to villages, solar-powered lighting and the development of community gardens so that women do not have to travel great distances to tend their crops.

LtCdr Braga is also a driving force behind the Mission leadership’s engagement with local women leaders, making sure that the voice of Central African women is heard in the ongoing peace process. A former teacher, she has also helped train and raise awareness among her peers on gender dynamics within the Mission.
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