“We will not allow ourselves to be limited:” UN Gender Award Winner

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Major Seitbebasto Pearl Block receiving the UN’s Military Gender Advocate of the Year award from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
Matt Wells/UN News

“One woman at a time,” the vision of gender in peacekeeping will change.

That’s the optimistic view of the recipient of the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year award, Major Seitbebasto Pearl Block from South Africa, who serves as an Information Operations Officer with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO.

Major Block’s outstanding work includes developing a mission-wide SMS campaign on conflict-related sexual violence to reach communities who would otherwise not be easily accessible.

She shared with Zeenat Abdool the significance of receiving this award, which will be presented during the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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