Did you know that there are more than 120,000 men and women from 116 countries serving as UN peacekeepers? Their jobs are to help rebuild societies overwhelmed by violence and natural disasters, restore confidence among communities, and bring peace as best they can to areas that have seen years of ongoing conflict.
Women are an essential part of UN Peacekeeping. The Better World Campaign shared these important facts about women peacekeepers, many of them mothers!
UN Women Peacekeepers
- There are more than 5,000 female peacekeepers
- The presence of women peacekeepers can help to reduce conflict and confrontation, improve access and support for local women, and provide role models for women in the community
- Three all-female UN police units have been deployed: in Liberia, Haiti, and the DR Congo.
The UN Security Council has adopted five resolutions on women, peace, and security that address the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women, and stress the importance of women’s equal and full participation in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace-building and peacekeeping.
As individuals we may not be able to help in a direct way in the global peacekeeping process, but there are things we can do, starting with a simple thank you!
Take Action Challenge
Send a thank you note to a UN Peacekeeper somewhere in the world. It’s a simple way to send a message that these men and women are valued, noticed and acknowledged by the world for the amazing work they do.