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UN’s top Woman Police Officer ‘a young agent of change’

First Sergeant Renita Rismayanti received the prestigious Woman Police Officer of the Year Award during a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.

At 27, she is the youngest recipient in the Award’s 13-year history.

Working for change 

Ms. Rismayanti is deployed as a crime database officer at MINUSCA, which has a mandate that includes protecting civilians and supporting security sector reform.

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She has helped conceptualize and develop a database that enables UN Police (UNPOL) to map and analyse crime and disorder hotspots.

“I accept this award on behalf of all those quietly working for positive change,” she said. 

‘Remember your limitless potential’ 

Ms. Rismayanti thanked the MINUSCA leadership, her section chief, and her colleagues. 

“Through great dedication and teamwork, we have achieved great success,” she said, noting that their work has contributed to enhancing security for vulnerable communities, including women and girls.  

Reflecting on her journey as a police officer, she spoke about the importance of listening to your inner voice and never giving up on becoming the person you aspire to be. 

“To all women, wherever you may be, I urge you to remember your limitless potential,” she said.

“You possess the power to enact change, inspire others, and leave an enduring mark upon the world. Let us extend our hand to those seeking their path, for genuine empowerment lies in uplifting others.” 

Agent of change 

The head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, commended Ms. Rismayanti for making both the United Nations and her home country very proud. 

Her work is in turn helping the CAR security forces to better plan for their operations in a gender-sensitive manner, he added. 

“Today, we are celebrating a United Nations Police officer, who, as a young agent of change, has advanced the United Nations’ efforts to leverage data and technology to ensure the efficiency of our operations and relevance of the United Nations for the future,” he said. 

A top priority 

Mr. Lacroix underlined that the Women, Peace and Security Agenda remains a core priority for the UN Department of Peace Operations.

He said efforts continue towards making peacekeeping operations more gender-responsive and to advance women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peacekeeping and in peace and political processes. 

“In light of the threats to personal safety which disproportionately affect women, UNPOL’s confidence-building activities and patrols continuously undertaken in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, and South Sudan have helped to remove impediments to women’s participation and stabilize basic security conditions,” he added. 

He congratulated the UN Police Division for its efforts towards meeting gender parity targets, noting that women account for six out of 13 heads or deputy heads of UN police components in field missions. 

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