A Ghanaian police officer Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei has been presented with the United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year Award.

She was presented the award by the United Nations for her dedication and impactful policing in Somalia. The award, which was formerly known as the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award, is held annually to recognise female police officers who distinguish themselves in line of duty.

This year’s award ceremony was co-hosted by the United Nations Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. The UN commended Mrs. Osei for promoting and protecting women and girl’s rights in the host state Jubaland, Somalia. Speaking after receiving her award, the Ghanaian Police Superintendent described the occasion as an honour. “It is an honour to work for UNSOM, where I assisted in strengthening activities on gender and child-related issues,” she said. “I also support the police in Jubaland on issues of Justice and Human Rights,” she added. Among Mrs. Osei’s impacts was successfully initiating an adult literacy training for 49 female police officers in Jubaland.

She also supported female peacekeepers by forming a Female Peacekeeper Network (FPN) within UNSOM and AMISOM.

“Mrs.  Osei was deployed to Somalia earlier this year in February 2018,” UN Police Adviser, Commissioner Luis Carrilho, said in a statement.

“By April, she had already identified and trained two gender focal points in AMISOM who went onto mentor and advice police officers in the host state police, thereby contributing to the building of a much-needed capacity.

“Soon after, Ms. Osei established four gender desks in the host state police, facilitated a training on sexual and gender-based violence, and initiated a proposal that called for the establishment of a police post near the community thus ensuring access for SGBV survivors.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Osei holds three Master’s degrees from Middlesex University in the UK, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) as well as the University of Ghana.

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