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									          Role of
       Female Military
       Peacekeepers
                    UNU Midday Forum
Blue “Helmette's”: The Role of Women in UN Peacekeeping
                               by
        Asha Castleberry, 1st Lieutenant, US Armed Forces




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        Operation KAMARIA
• US/UN/Latin American Forces

• Purpose: Train US/Latin American/
  Caribbean Forces as a peacekeeping
  force

• Mission: Stabilize security in area of
  operation

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     Military Leadership Roles
             for Women
Senior Level Positions:
    SRSG/ASRSG- low representation of women
    as field grade officers
    Battalion/Company Commanders
    Executive Commanders(XOs)

Field Positions:
     Platoon/Force Commanders
     Squad Leaders




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    Female Military
UN Peacekeepers: 10:400


              Male
               99%




   Female
     1%




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                 Outcomes:
• Lack of gender perspectives in policy decisions
• Lack of participation working closely with civilian
  population, especially relating to rules of
  engagement procedures
• Inability to translate the importance of gender
  equality/rights to participants
• Low participation of women trained as peacekeepers
• Defeats the purpose of UN Security Resolution 1325




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           Recommendations:
• Troop Contributing Countries
   Recruitment- traditional and cultural impediments
   Training and advancing women in leadership roles
   Shortage of competent and experienced women
• Incorporate better gender-sensitive training
  programs
• Stronger implementation of international women
  rights treaties, CEDAW




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