An Indian peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan has been named the UN's 'International Female Police Peacekeeper 2014' for her efforts in helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
Inspector Shakti Devi, who served with the Jammu and Kashmir Police for more than a decade, is currently attached to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
She was honoured at the International Association of Women Police conference held earlier this month in Winnipeg, Canada.
The award citation listed among her "exceptional achievements", efforts to establish Women Police Councils in several parts of Afghanistan and her contributions to the improvement of the status of female police officers in the country.
“In addition, her consistent engagement in improving the service for victims of sexual and gender-based violence has led to successful investigation and prosecution,” the UN agency said.
The objectives of the award are to promote an understanding of police in peace operations throughout the world, highlight the efforts of female police in global peace operations, increase understanding of the roles of women officers in various countries and encourage participation in UN peace operations by all countries of the world.
It is also aimed at promoting membership in the UN International Female Police Peacekeepers Network and increasing international understanding and awareness of women in international police peacekeeping and in the network.
India is the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, with more than 170,000 Indian officers serving in some 43 UN missions around the world.