Not Just a Numbers Game: Increasing Women’s Participation in UN Peacekeeping

Authored by: Sahana Dharmapuri

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: International Agreements, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Peacekeeping
Region: No Region
Year: 2013
Citation: Dharmapuri, Sahana. Not Just a Numbers Game: Increasing Women's Participation in UN Peacekeeping. New York: International Peace Institute, 2013.

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This study proposes that the policy guidelines already outlined by the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS) need to be operationalized through a comprehensive strategic plan supported by strong leadership. This should include the following activities: 1. Create a gender-sensitive force generation strategy that includes both military and police personnel for UN peacekeeping with sexspecific measures to address the recruitment, retention, and advancement of female uniformed personnel in missions. 2. Encourage further research on the recruitment and retention of women in national police and armed forces. 3. Establish a gender-coaching program for the UN Military and Police Advisory Committee. 4. Implement the DPKO/DFS guidelines and appoint military gender advisers in all UN peacekeeping missions. 5. Conduct an outreach initiative to member states to increase understanding about Resolution 1325 and the operational benefits of integrating a gender perspective into UN peacekeeping based on a comprehensive multi-country study. 6. Conduct a baseline study on the social norms that perpetuate inequality between men and women in UN peacekeeping operations.