Wednesday, March 21, 2007

All-female unit keeps peace in Liberia |

This article writes about an all female peacekeeping unit in Liberia. The 103 Indian women are said to be having a 'profound impact', in inspiring Liberian women to join the nascent Liberian police force.

A sub-text of the article is that the deployment of more female peacekeepers will somehow better limit instances of rape and sexual abuse that have plagued the UN. In the past three years, 319 peacekeepers have been investigated for abuse, and 179 repatriated or abused. In the least, this deployment is an overdue effort to address a severe gender imbalance in peacekeeping.