Women in Blue Helmets: How Increasing Participation Creates Pathways for Peace
Technical Report,10 Jan 2019,15 May 2020
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI Newport United States
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Critical to building lasting peace are United Nations UN peacekeeping operations, multi-dimensional and complex missions that range from enforcing peace agreements to rebuilding political and security structures. This multi-faceted mission set requires a composition of troop contingents, military observers, and police forces, including women. Womens participation in peacekeeping operations increases mission effectiveness in many ways, including improving trust and accessibility among local populations, addressing the unique needs of women and victims of gender-based violence, and setting an example for local communities. Yet, women are still under-represented among uniformed peacekeepers. To fully harness the talents of female peacekeepers, the UN and troop-contributing nations must address root causes of exclusivity in the peacekeeping force, bolster inclusive policies, and incentivize and promote peacekeeping as a critical mission set.
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