Peacekeeping forces have expanded around the world, so has the
involvement of women
peacekeepers. Women suit up and are deployed in all areas - police,
military and civilian - and their impact has been noticiable. Women
play a large role in building peace and protecting women's rights.
During the month of March as we celebrate International Women's Day
(#IWD2013) we are putting the focus on the women who put their lives at
risk for the greater good and safety of others.
Over 3,000 women peacekeepers serve in police, military,
and civilian capacities across 15 peacekeeping operations, supporting
the role of women in building peace and protecting women’s rights.
Today, women constitute around 30% of the approximately
7,500 international civilians working in peacekeeping and special
political missions. Out of approximately 125,000 peacekeepers, women
constitute 3% of military personnel and 10% of police personnel in UN
Peacekeeping missions. Efforts to increase the recruitment of women
Three women lead peace operations as Special
Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and one as acting head.
Three all-female UN police units have been deployed around
the world: Indian in Liberia, and Bangladeshi in Haiti and DR Congo.
Including women as equal participants in the peace process
promotes sustainable peace. Female peacekeepers act as role models for
local communities, inspiring women and girls in often male-dominated
societies to advance for their own rights and for participation in