More women needed in Peacekeeping efforts

More women needed in Peacekeeping efforts

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Women currently represent only 4 per cent of the more than 80,000 UN Peacekeepers, despite their key role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve, especially women and girls, says the UN

The continental organization is encouraging more women to participate in peacebuilding initiatives. They can be involved in the peacebuilding process of gathering intelligence, identifying hot spots for patrolling and providing relief and rehabilitation services to survivors of violence, UN Peacekeepers rely heavily on engaging with the community. Often, women officers are more likely and capable of gaining access to and trust of the community. They also have greater awareness of women’s vulnerabilities and needs. Their presence in mission areas inspire members of the local community and can be an opportunity to model more equitable gender relations.

 

Increasing the number of female peacekeepers is one of the key recommendations of the “System-wide strategy on gender parity” launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in 2017. The strategy includes recommended actions to reach gender parity by 2028. The UN supports women’s engagement in all aspects of peacebuilding, towards a more inclusive, egalitarian societies that can end gender discrimination and resolve conflicts without violence.