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United Nations 22 Nov 2020

Women on the Frontlines of Peace - UN Peacekeeping


The invaluable contributions of women to peace received a major international push twenty years ago, when the United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution that boosted their impact on the geopolitical landscape.

In October 2000, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, which paved the way for women to intensify their engagement in promoting peace, resolving conflicts and helping to secure long-term stability across the world.

Since then, the United Nations has dramatically increased the number of women peacekeepers who play diverse roles in some of the toughest theatres of conflict on the planet. To mark the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325, hear the perspectives of two female field workers on how women can transform peace missions, transcend differences and usher in a more secure future for all.

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Though women are active agents of peace, their leadership remains largely unrecognized. UN Peacekeeping continues to push for their full, equal and meaningful participation in peace processes.
As peacekeeping has evolved to reflect the populations we serve, women have become increasingly part of the peacekeeping family - making operations more effective.
Women are deployed in all areas - police, military and civilian - and have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, including in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women's rights.

In all fields of peacekeeping, women peacekeepers have proven that they can perform the same roles, to the same standards and under the same difficult conditions, as their male counterparts. It is an operational imperative that we recruit and retain female peacekeepers.

In 1993, women made up 1% of deployed uniformed personnel. In 2020, out of approximately 95,000 peacekeepers, women constitute 4.8% of military contingents and 10.9% of formed police units in UN Peacekeeping missions. While the UN encourages and advocates for the deployment of women to uniformed functions, the responsibility for deployment of women in the police and military lies with Member States. UN Police Division launched 'the Global Effort' to recruit more female police officers into national police services and into UN police operations around the world. The 2028 target for women serving in military contingents is 15%, and 25% for military observers and staff officers. The 2028 target for women serving in formed police units is 20%, and 30% for individual police officers.

Find out more in our gender statistics section to download a monthly breakdown of the number of male and female uniformed personnel working across our missions.
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