Indian Major Radhika Sen will be honored with a UN military award, Guterres said: a true and ideal leader

A military award will be presented to Major Radhika Sen, an Indian woman peacekeeper who participated in the UN mission in Congo. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, praised him, calling him a true and ideal leader. On May 30, the United Nations International Day of Peace, Major Radhika Sen will receive the 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award. This award is presented to him in honor of UN Secretary General Guterres.

From March 2023 to April 2024, Major Sen commanded the Indian Rapid Deployment Battalion in the Eastern Region of the Republic of Congo. Her home state is Himachal Pradesh. She joined the Indian Army eight years ago, born in 1993. Major Radhika Sen graduated as a biotech engineer and only after that she decided to join the Indian Army.

She is the second Indian peacekeeper, after Major Suman Gawani, to receive the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award in 2023. Major Gawani had served in the United Nations Mission and was honored with the award in 2019.

Guterres congratulated Major Sen for his services. He said, “She (Major Radhika Sen) is a true and exemplary leader. Her service is a contribution to the United Nations as a whole.” After announcing the award, Major Sen said: “This award is special to me as it recognizes the hard work of all peacekeepers working in the challenging environment of the Republic of Congo and making an exceptional contribution to bringing about positive change in society. Let us tell you that India is currently one of the 11th largest contributors of women military peacekeepers to the UN.

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