The Secretary –General of the United Nations Antonia Guterres has appointed Pramila Patten, a distinguished Mauritian barrister as a representative on sexual violence in conflict. Her predecessor was Zainab Hawa Bangura from Sierra Leone and she was widely praised for her service. Ms Patten has previously served as a member on a committee for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women so her expertise on the subject is what got her this prized position.

She has been a member of the High Level advisory group for the global study on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Prior to that position, she served as a member on the advisory panel for the African women’s rights observatory, a subsidiary of the UN under the aegis of Economic Commission for Africa. Her impressive record is not her only forte as her compassion and integrity have made her strive to build a better world for the underprivileged.

Among her most coveted international roles, she has had the distinction of being a member of the Advisory Committee of the Due Diligence Framework Project from 2010 to 2014, she has served as an advisor in the Ministry of Women’s Rights, Child Development and Family Welfare from 2000 to 2004 and she was a member of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch from 1993 to 2002. Moreover, she served as a District Court Magistrate from 1987-1988. If anything, she exemplifies the role of the modern accomplished woman.

Her election at the UN level is a source of pride for Mauritius and an inspiration for all Mauritian women. Pramila Patten has shown us that it is through education and perseverance that one can achieve global recognition and contribute to the advancement of humanity.

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