October 27, 2019
Women peacekeepers perform the same roles, to the same standards & under the same difficult conditions as men-United Nations
Published by Frank Osimi on Saturday May 26, 2018 at 9: 57PM
More than one million men and women have served under the UN flag since 1948. UN Peacekeepers can be military, police and civilians. Tragically, more than 3,500 have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
UN Peacekeepers come from all walks of life, with diverse cultural backgrounds and from an ever-growing number of Member States.When they serve under the United Nations they are united by a commitment to maintain or restore world peace and security. They share a common purpose to protect the most vulnerable and provide support to countries in transition from conflict to peace.
Peacekeepers are civilian, military and police personnel all working together. The roles and responsibilities of peacekeepers are evolving as peacekeeping mandates become more complex and multidimensional. Peacekeeping operations have developed from simply monitoring ceasefires to protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants, protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law, supporting free and fair elections, minimizing the risk of land-mines and much more.
Tragically over 3,500 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the cause of peace. In 2016 alone 117 peacekeepers paid the ultimate price. They included military, police, international civil servants, UN Volunteers and national staff from 43 countries. Their sacrifice on behalf of the international community are one of the most concrete expressions of the UN Charter’s determination “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” You can find about the nationality and the missions they served in the fatalities data section.
While women have always had a role in peacekeeping, the Secretary-General has committed to ensuring that women play a far more active role in peace operations. 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.
Women peacekeepers act as role models in the local environment, inspiring women and girls in often male-dominated societies to push for their own rights and for participation in peace processes. Women are deployed in all areas police, military and civilians.
Find out more about the call for more female peacekeepers in the police, military andcivilians section of this site. View our gender statistics section to download a monthly breakdown of the number of male and female uniformed personnel working across our missions.
ach year on the 29 May we celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The day was established to honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace; and to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.