UN celebrates Rwandan female police peacekeeper for outstanding performance
London, March 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United Nations (UN), has celebrated one of Africa’s outstanding police officer in peace keeping operations. She’s Rwandan Assistant Commissioner of Police, Teddy Ruyenzi, who is being recognised for her outstanding role in UN peacekeeping.
Ruyenzi currently heads a contingent 160 police peacekeepers from Rwanda, deployed under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The UN said in a tweet that women police officers like Teddy Ruyenzi from Rwanda…play a critical role in UN peacekeeping, particularly in societies where only women are allowed to interact with women of the community.
The tweet was on the International Women’s Day. Ruyenzi told The New Times that the contingent she leads is composed of 50 per cent women and 50 per cent men.
She said Rwanda has the highest number of women peacekeepers under the UN.
“Doing our work professionally where we fight gender based violence, conducting patrols and many more sets us apart from other peacekeepers,” she said, referring to Rwanda peacekeepers.
She encourages more women to join the police force. The International Women’s Day is marked on March 8, every year.
This year’s celebrations at national level were marked under the theme: “Together, Let’s Build a Safe Family.”
On the International scene the theme was “Balance for Better”.
International Women’s Day is marked on March 8.