Major General Kristin Lund of Norway is the first woman ever to be appointed as Force Commander in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation, and is currently serving with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

A role model for many, she has held several top leadership posts in the traditionally male-dominated profession. Breaking new ground for women in the military, she became the first female army officer to be promoted to the rank of Major General, and was later also appointed as Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard.

Pushing for gender equality and change, Major General Lund been extremely active in civil and military networks. She says, “It has been crucial for me to meet women in similar situations. The fact that I finally have shattered several glass ceilings, and paved the way for many, is important. I believe it contributes to show other women that you can climb to the top, also in a military profession.”

This video is part of UNWomen’s “Women of Achievement” series that spotlights women and girls from around the world who have “made it” in their respective fields — often in uncharted territories — by overcoming barriers and beating the odds to reach their goals.