UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) – Women represent only 5% of staff in uniforms in UN peace operations in 2018, despite a slight increase in their participation, according to the UN head of peacekeeping.
On Monday, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric quoted the secretary general for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix: "Despite the efforts that led to a slight increase in women deployed in the last year, currently, the total number of women in uniform deployed for peace operations are at a very low level of 5% ".
Dujarric said that Lacroix presented to the member states the gender equality strategy for the personnel in uniform, which outlined the objectives for the deployment of military, police and justice personnel and for the corrections for 2019.
"He called on member states to continue to fight to achieve the objectives set out in the strategy, not only through commitments, but above all through the recruitment, training and deployment of qualified women within national services", called Dujarric.
The UN peacekeeping operations department is conducting 14 peacekeeping missions around the world, half of which are stationed in Africa. The top ten of the troops and member states contributing to the police are Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Egypt, and Indonesia, Ghana and China. Enditem