All-Female Police Contingents: Feminism and the Discourse of Armed Protection

Authored by: Lesley J. Pruitt

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacekeeping
Country: Liberia
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2013
Citation: Pruitt, Lesley J. "All-Female Police Contingents: Feminism and the Discourse of Armed Protection." International Peacekeeping 20 (2013): 67-79.

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This article focuses on women's involvement in peacekeeping operations and the introduction in 2007 of an all-female formed police unit (FFPU). Possible benefits and challenges of deploying all-female contingents in peace operations are considered and feminist theories of international relations are drawn upon to evaluate arguments for including women in peace and security missions. Media discourses on the Indian FFPU deployed to Liberia in 2007 are analysed, revealing a potential to reshape attitudes about the role of women in peace and security, and emphasizing that femininity need not be incompatible with strength and capacity for protection.