Shahzadi Gulfam, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who is currently serving a UN peace operation, is the first Pakistani female officer to receive the prestigious award. At present she is deployed in the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) as the UN Police (UNPOL) Team Leader posted in the Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) in Dili, the capital.
Shahzadi Gulfam was selected for the award by the United Nations Police Division in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), and the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) International Scholarship Committee.
She joined the Punjab Police in March 1985. During her career of over two decades, she performed equally well at the national and international level, according to an UNPOL press release. She was the first Pakistani female to be deployed in the UN Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997, and subsequently served in UN Missions in Kosovo in 1999 and Timor-Leste in 2007.
“Shahzadi Gulfam has shown enthusiasm, diligence and zeal in her work with the Vulnerable Persons Unit in Dili,” UNMIT Police Commissioner Luis Carillho said. “Sadly in post-conflict Timor-Leste domestic violence is a common crime and victims often find it difficult to file complaints,” she said, adding that “despite these difficulties Officer Gulfam has played an exceptional role in supporting and protecting vulnerable persons”.