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UNSC adopts resolution to promote women's role in peacekeeping operations

  • Published at 12:00 pm August 29th, 2020
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File photo: UN peacekeeping women Bangladeshi Courtesy

Bangladesh features among top countries in terms of contributing women peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping operations

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday adopted a resolution to promote women's participation in peacekeeping operations.

Resolution 2538 calls on UN member states, the UN Secretariat, and regional organizations to strengthen their collective efforts to promote the "full, effective, and meaningful participation" of uniformed and civilian women in peacekeeping operations at all levels and in all positions, including in senior leadership positions.

It encourages member states to develop strategies and measures to increase the deployment of uniformed women to peacekeeping operations, reports Xinhua.

It encourages cooperation among member states and between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations in advancing greater participation and role of women in peacekeeping operations.

The resolution calls on member states and the UN Secretariat to ensure safe, enabling, and gender-sensitive working environments for women in peacekeeping operations and to address threats and violence against them.

It expresses concerns over allegations of sexual harassment in peacekeeping operations and affirms its support for the UN secretary-general's zero-tolerance policy on all forms of sexual harassment.

It also encourages member states and the UN Secretariat to enhance partnerships to support targeted training and capacity building programs for uniformed women personnel. It further encourages member states to nominate uniformed women personnel to participate in such training activities and to promote their deployment to peacekeeping operations.

It urges peacekeeping operations to promote the full, effective and meaningful participation of women in all components and functions, and at all levels. 

Bangladesh features among the top countries in terms of its contribution of women peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping operations.

Bangladesh led by example to become the first country to deploy a woman military contingent commander in UN history in Cote d’Ivoire in 2016. 

It was also one of the first countries to deploy all-women Formed Police Unit in Haiti in 2010.


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