UN / BRAZILIAN PEACEKEEPER AWARD

29-Mar-2019 00:02:40
Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga of Brazil received the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award today during a high-level meeting on peacekeeping. UNIFEED / RECENT
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STORY: UN / BRAZILIAN PEACEKEEPER AWARD
TRT: 2:40
SOURCE: UNIFEED / MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

29 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Braga walking onto stage at General Assembly Hall
3. Wide shot, Braga shaking hands and receiving award from Secretary-General
4. Med shot, Braga and Guterres standing for photo with award
5. Wide shot, delegates clapping
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, Naval officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I’m deeply honoured to receive this award on behalf of my colleagues in MINUSCA, the Central African Republic, and my country Brazil. It shows the importance that the United Nations gives to the gender perspective in peacekeeping operations.”
7. Wide shot, Braga addressing General Assembly
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, Naval officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I ask you to pledge to send more female peacekeepers to UN missions, particularly in frontline roles engaging with the local population and meeting with local women leaders. This will bring precious information to improve the effectiveness of our operations.”
9. Wide shot, Braga leaving podium
10. Wide shot, delegates clapping

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

11. Wide shot, Barga walking in the base of the MINUSCA in Bria
12. Various shots, Barga meeting with colleagues at MINSUCA base in Bria
13. Wide shot, Barga gets of UN plane in Bria
14. Wide shot, Barga discussing with colleagues in Bria
15. Wide shot, UN car circulating in Bria
16. Medium shot, Barga in a UN car
17. Various shots, Barga speaking to women representatives in Bria
18. Various shots, Barga walking with women in Bria and gardening
19. Various shots, night patrol in Bangui
STORYLINE
Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga of Brazil received the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award today during a high-level meeting on peacekeeping.

Braga is a Naval officer working in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA. She 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 Central African Republic (CAR).

Addressing the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting, the Lieutenant Commander said she was “deeply honoured to receive this award on behalf of my colleagues in MINUSCA, the Central African Republic, and [her] country Brazil.” She added that the award showed the “importance that the United Nations gives to the gender perspective in peacekeeping operations.”

Braga told Ministers in the General Assembly Hall that, on average, 1,000 protection related incidents are recording in CAR, mainly against women and children. She added that the population continued to suffer the consequences of conflict, including a huge number of sexual violence crimes.

The peacekeeper noted that only 3.7 percent of MINUSCA’s military personnel were women. She asked countries to pledge to send more female peacekeepers to UN missions, “particularly in frontline roles engaging with the local population and meeting with local women leaders.” He explained that this would bring “precious information to improve the effectiveness of our operations.”

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