Pride of Pakistan: Major Fozia Parveen serving in UN mission becomes an internet sensation

Major Fozia Parveen has become an internet sensation overnight

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Pakistani Major Fozia Parveen has become an internet sensation overnight as her pictures serving on a United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Cyprus go viral. She is serving there with other female military and staff officers.

Pakistan representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, shared the picture on her Twitter garnering a lot of appreciation.

“We are proud of our female (and male) peacekeepers who serve in UN Missions. Major Fozia Parveen is serving in the UN mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), seen here on a patrol in the Buffer Zone. Picture thanks to the UN,” her tweet read.


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Pakistan fulfills UN target of female participation in peacekeeping operations:

Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN, Ms. Lodhi, speaking to the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, said that Pakistan is proud to achieve this goal which otherwise felt like a difficult task due to the social dynamics and the gender gap.

 

”Pakistan is proud to have achieved the goal of deployment of 15 percent female staff officers in its missions” – she said.

Lodhi said that it’s an incredibly commendable achievement that in less than 18 months, Pakistan has gone from zero participation of female military staff in peacekeeping operations to a significant 15% – fulfilling UN prescribed benchmark.

The UN’s Office of Military Affairs decided to double its female deployment in the uniform component after the Security Council’s call in 2015. The office set the target of deploying 15% of female military and staff officers in peacekeeping missions by 2018 December.

The Pakistan Ambassador to UN also informed the UN committee that Pakistan is working to narrow down the gender gap, Pakistan is deploying an engagement team consisting of women in the Democratic Republic of Kongo in May 2019.

Ambassador Lodhi added that Pakistan will continue to lend support & keep making efforts for strengthening peacekeeping.

”Our faith in this indispensable tool for the maintenance of international peace and security is firm and abiding” – Ms. Lodhi added.

Addressing the committee, she said that the committee needs to play its critical role in norm building and policy formation, enabling peacekeepers to meet the high expectations that they have of them. She said that the legitimacy and credibility of the UN’s peacekeeping operations are because of its commitment to uphold its principles.

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