CAR / MILITARY GENDER ADVOCATE AWARD

27-May-2020 00:04:23
Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer working in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been selected to receive the 2019 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award, together with an Indian peacekeeper who has recently completed her assignment in South Sudan. MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / MILITARY GENDER ADVOCATE AWARD
TRT: 04:23
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / PORTUGUESE / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT - COMMUNE OF POMBOLO, BANGASSOU / BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
SHOTLIST
RECENT - COMMUNE OF POMBOLO, BANGASSOU

1. Various shots, Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo walking with MINUSCA peacekeepers during a risk assessment mission
2. Various shots, Monteiro de Castro Araujo interacting with local women and children

RECENT - BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
Men and women, boys and girls, they are affected in a different way in conflict areas. So, it’s very important for me to act in this way, to help our 11,000 military personnel deployed on the ground to look with different eyes, to look to the population with gender perspective lenses.”
4. Various shots, Joint Task Force peacekeeping patrol
5. Med shot, Monteiro de Castro Araujo driving
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“When I go to the field, when I go with my male teammates, I can see the women looking at us. And they can see that we work side-by-side, we work together. Because we are different, but we work in a complementary way. So, for me it is a kind of way of empowering them also.”
7. Wide shot, Monteiro de Castro Araujo closes UN vehicle’s door
8. Various shots, Monteiro de Castro Araujo washing hands and having her temperature taken as she arrives at MINUSCA compound
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“It’s easier for us to teach, to pass the prevention for COVID for the local women. And the local women are who take care of their family. So, we easily connect with them, so it’s easier for us to approach them and to teach them how to take care of their own family.”
10. Various shots, Monteiro de Castro Araujo walking through MINUSCA compound
11. Various shots, Monteiro de Castro Araujo in her office
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I already was blessed in seeing people motivated, seeing people doing their best. And the award came at the end of my mission, like god’s answer to my questions, that I was in the right way, I was doing what I believe, I was doing my best, in spite of all the other things.”
13. Various shots, Monteiro de Castro Araujo attending morning military briefing
14. Close up, Brazil and UN tags in her uniform
15. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“The award brought me great happiness. It crowned the work I did during my mission, and I see it as an answer to my inner questionings, that I was doing the right thing.”

RECENT - COMMUNE OF POMBOLO, BANGASSOU

16. Various shots, Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo walking with MINUSCA peacekeepers during a risk assessment mission

RECENT - BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“My message for women: believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, what sometimes may seem impossible comes true. And working together, here, we can make a difference.”
18. Various shots, peacekeepers getting ready to go on patrol
STORYLINE
Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer working in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been selected to receive the 2019 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award.

Together with Major Suman Gawani of the Indian Army, a Military Observer formerly deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) they will receive the award during an online ceremony presided over by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Friday.

Created in 2016, the United Nations “Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award” recognizes the dedication and effort of an individual military peacekeeper in promoting the principles of UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in a peace operation context, as nominated by Heads and Force Commanders of peace operations.

For the first time, two peacekeepers will receive the award jointly for their contribution to this important cause.

Commander Monteiro de Castro Araujo has served as the military Gender and Protection Advisor in MINUSCA Force Headquarters since April 2019. During her tour of duty, she established and conducted a comprehensive training curriculum on aspects related to gender and protection. Through her efforts, the Mission significantly increased the number of gender and child protection focal points and their respective locations. She was instrumental in seeing gender-responsive patrols engaging with local communities increase from 574 to nearly 3,000 per month.

This is the second year in a row that a Brazilian peacekeeper has received this prestigious award and the first year it goes to a peacekeeper from India.

Commander Monteiro De Castro Araujo joined the Brazilian Navy Health Corps in 1997. She worked for more than ten years as an active practitioner dentist in the Navy Health Corps. For more than five years, she worked for the Navy expeditionary Medical Unit with an expertise in risk management and control and health support. She graduated from Staff college in 2012.


The Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award is underpinned by the principles outlined in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and follow-on resolutions on women, peace and security. The resolutions call on actors to mainstream a gender perspective in all aspects of peacekeeping and peacebuilding and to ensure women’s participation in peace and political processes.

They also call for the protection from and prevention of conflict-related sexual violence and for an expansion of the role and contribution of women in UN operations, including of uniformed women peacekeepers.


6.4 percent of the 85,000 uniformed peacekeepers serving today in our missions are women, and this number is steadily increasing. The UN is working with Member States to increase the number and percentage of women military, police and justice and corrections personnel that they contribute to UN Peacekeeping, including through the Action for Peacekeeping initiative. In this context, promoting the participation of women, both in peacekeeping and within the societies in which we serve, is at the centre of our efforts, in active partnership with Member States.
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