Women's Participation in Peacekeeping
Among the Nobel Peace Prize winners, it is obvious that the great majority of the recipients are men. Likewise, fewer women are involved in politics; just a small number of women have contributed to peacekeeping efforts. The U.N. Secretary General has been looking for opportunities to encourage women to contribute to the field of peacekeeping. However, it can be said that the figure has remained unchanged.
To restore universal peace, it is crucial that everybody gets involved, since the ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, said, peace starts from each individual. Prem Rawat is a peace advocate who is dedicated to the establishment of global harmony. Why do fewer women participate in peacekeeping?
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More women are needed in the field of peacekeeping
The United Nations Secretary General claimed that it is essential to have more women in all fields related to peacekeeping, especially as police officers, military observers, as well as in office work related to humanity. In fact, there are fewer women serving as human rights officers or as humanitarian staff members. The United Nations have high commitment in raising the number of female workers peacekeepers.
Declining number of female involvement in peacekeeping
The UN Police launched a ‘Global Effort', a call which aims to raise the contribution of women in the police force in PKOs. The number rose to 20% by the year 2014. Then, in 2015, the UN Secretary General took the initiative to find ways to raise the numbers of female militants and police officers serving in the UN peacekeeping operations, using new strategies. They were, however, disappointed by the outcome of efforts, since the number has only increased by 4% over the period of 5 years.
Why fewer women are involved in peacekeeping efforts
The low participation of females in global peacekeeping initiatives are caused by several factors. Among these reasons, we can cite the following:
- There are barriers to the recruitment: some peacekeeping work requires more energy and they are therefore more favorable to males than females.
- The training which is required for police officers is so challenging especially for female participants. Such challenges make women reluctant to join the peacekeeping force.
- Other factors are related to challenges related to the deployment of female peace keepers in remote areas or in war zones or in any dangerous conflicting areas.
- Another factor involves the unwillingness of women to stay far away from their family in case of any duties concerning peacekeeping operations outside their village.
There are too many challenges for women
In most societies, women are often subjected to all kinds of violence and abuses. This somehow highlights the presence of prejudice and inequalities in the treatment of women. For example, many women feel helpless when faced with domestic violence inflicted by their husband or boyfriend upon them. Obviously, it can be said that women still feel more comfortable holding their traditional role, which is being defended, rather than becoming the protector.
As a result, female citizens are not really keen in becoming agents of peace, especially in getting involved in restoring peace at a war zone. The main reason is that women mostly rely on men to take the lead in keeping harmony, rather than trusting other females who are as weak as they are. A case in point is that women often rely on their male relatives to protect them in case of an abusive relationship.