Elvige Dadi Ngantchou Tchamda
United Nations Trailblazer Award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers Nominee
Elvige Dadi Ngantchou Tchamda provided mentoring and advisory support on prison security as a government-provided corrections officer in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
Elvige was a team leader in charge of providing expertise and advice to two prisons in Kinshasa and has also helped improve prison security in Beni and Tshikapa. At the Central Prison in Beni, where many armed group members are detained, the prison has repeatedly been subjected to attacks by armed groups. To combat this dangerous issue, Elvige contributed to the creation of a warning system, the use of radio equipment and infrastructure reinforcements to protect the prison.
In 2019, she also worked closely with the prison authorities of Beni in the anticipation of an attack by the armed group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces). She has strongly advocated for additional external prison security to prevent mass escapes and contribute to the protection of the local population.
Elvige has also demonstrated her proactivity and trailblazing qualities when she ensured the complete separation of women and girls from male detainees — considerably improving the protection of the rights of female prisoners. She has worked to ensure that gender issues are on the agenda of prison authorities by providing professional training through social reinsertion projects and advocating for the construction of a fully equipped nurse building.
GPP are individuals like Elvige who are nominated by their government to serve with United Nations peace operations. Justice and corrections GPP provide expertise that is generally only found in national government services, such as national prison services, the judiciary and the prosecution. The Justice and Corrections Unit of MONUSCO has 20 GPP providing strategic planning, advisory and capacity-building support to the Congolese prison administration.
United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
MONUSCO is one of the twelve current United Nations peacekeeping operations. Established by the Security Council in July 2010, MONUSCO is mandated to protect civilians against violent threats and support the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.
The humanitarian crisis in the DRC is one of the most complex ones in the world, with almost 5.5 million people displaced, the highest number in Africa, and 27 million people facing acute food insecurity, the highest number for a single country. Intensified violence by armed groups, particularly in conflict-affected provinces, has exacerbated the already precarious security situation.
United Nations Trailblazer Award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers
The first United Nations Trailblazer Award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers recognizes the outstanding contribution of government-provided personnel in United Nations peace operations by highlighting women who blaze the trail in areas and roles traditionally reserved for men.
You can follow the entire campaign on the United Nations Office of Rule of Law Facebook page or the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law Alexandre Zouev’s Twitter page.
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