Women have performed a variety of civilian roles in UN peacekeeping operations for decades. There is no function on a peace mission that women do not fulfill, from providing operational analysis, promoting and protecting human rights, fostering political and reconciliations processes, removing explosive remnants of war and promoting mine-awareness, running airfields, fixing vehicles and serving as public information officers who explain and build support for the work of the UN and help missions promote peace and security.
Women peacekeepers: A Key to Peace
Peacekeeping is a cornerstone of the UN’s peace and security work, and women peacekeepers are a key to its success. Today, more women serve in leadership positions in UN Peacekeeping than ever before. Women serve the UN as part of the military, the police and as civilians. UN Peacekeeping is committed to the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”, which calls for the full realization of the rights of women to sit at both the political table and as the protectors of peace in their own countries.
UN Peacekeeping now deploys more women military personnel than ever before. They serve in positions of leadership, as well as military observers, staff officers and troops. They carry out patrols, plan operations, fly helicopters, perform medical outreach, help clear minefields, engage with local communities and much more. Their efforts help protect civilians, deter attacks and help to provide the security necessary for all components of peacekeeping operations to carry out their mandated activities.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Bangladeshi Female Pilots Flying Forward
Captains Tamanna and Nayma are Bangladeshi's first female military pilots, serving in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). They strive to be role models for local women and girls while overcoming dangerous challenges in the region.
UN POLICE PEACEKEEPERS
United Nations Police (UNPOL) is an integral part of UN peace operations. Women officers serve both as individual Police Officers and as members of formed police units, performing a crucial role in helping to promote the rule of law, advance the administration of justice and build institutions of governance in conflict-affected countries. They also provide a greater sense of security to communities in the countries where they are deployed, improve access to and support from law enforcement agencies to local women, and serve as role models to women and girls.
Empowering Women and Girls in Central African Republic
Gladys Ngwepekeum Nkeh is a United Nations Police (UNPOL) officer from Cameroon, working with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. She coordinates with local communities in CAR's capital, Bangui, to ensure security and empower women and girls in the region.