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Chantal Mucyo Karerangabo and Meron Mutesi Rugazora : Female Rwandese pilots deployed with UNMISS

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United Nations Mission in South Sudan Communications & Public Information Office : http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UNMISS%20News%20Issue%204.pdf


The number of women in ‘non traditional’ roles, such as pilots and  engineers,  exposes  a  profound  imbalance  of  men  and women in the workplace.  However, Second Lieutenants Chantal Mucyo Karerangabo and Meron Mutesi Rugazora are among the first qualified female pilots to be deployed with UNMISS.


Over the past five years, the Government of Rwanda has taken  steps to  increase the number of female personnel and promote gender mainstreaming  in  the  Rwanda Defence  Force  (RDF).   


As  pioneers in the field of aviation, Ms. Karerangabo and Ms. Rugazora  are doing their part to overcome the low representation of women in the aviation sector. While the pace of change has been slow, new education policies and the arrival of more visible role models like the RDF second lieutenants are helping to blaze new trails for female peacekeepers. 


The Rwanda Aviation Unit has six Mi 17  helicopters  that  provide  air support ranging from administrative and logistic support flights to cargo resupply,  medical  evacuations,  and search and rescue operations. Three  of the helicopters are based in Juba  while  the  other  three  helicopters operate out of Bor.

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