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Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
1. CELEBRATING THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWSThis edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News Features:
Does the Security Council incorporate the Women, Peace and Security agenda when it travels on field missions?
This section monitors Security Council periodic field trips or missions to conflict and post-conflict countries, normally to locations where there is a Council-mandated mission.
SERBIAN ARMY PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS
Allegations of sexual abuse by soldiers serving in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have declined by 75 per cent since 2008, the commander of the force said today, noting that strict measures have been instituted to prevent such misconduct.
The UN peacekeeping missions should have more women to increase trust with the local populace, said Poonam Gupta, head of the Indian women's police unit in Liberia.
"Women by nature are non-threatening which gives an advantage," Commander Gupta said, speaking from Liberia, on the occasion of the International Day for Peacekeepers being marked on Saturday.
Former Special Representative of UN Secretary General and Head of Mission in Liberia Ellen Margrethe Loej has urged Pakistan to include more women for the United Nations peacekeeping mission.
She said this in an interview with ‘The News' during her stay in Pakistan.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1509 adopted on 16 September authorized the setting up of a peacekeeping mission in Liberia.
"Black Diamond" and her comrades may look like any bunch of street-wise girls with attitude but they have the military hardware to back up the look.
"Mortars are my favourite weapon," says the leader of a group of Liberian women rebel fighters - the Women's Artillery Commandos (WAC).
Even her enemies on the government side acknowledge her military strength.
The United Nations is looking for a "few good women" — more than 2,000 to be exact — to serve as police officers in UN peacekeeping missions around the world.
The United Nations is stepping up its efforts to boost the number of female police officers serving in its peacekeeping missions around the world, highlighting that women can play a unique role in certain areas, including responding to sexual- and gender-based violence.
A police officer serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia is giving a voice not only to women who have suffered from sexual violence, but also to the West African country's deaf people, thanks to her sign language skills.
"Let's take a moment of silence for our sisters and brothers in Cote d'Ivoire," she said.
Recent images of women brutally slaughtered in Ivory Coast resonate with Liberians. During the country's 14 years of civil war, which ended in 2003, women were routinely targeted.
Jerome Verdier, chairman of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said rape was used by every fighting faction as a tactic of war.
The head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ellen Margrethe Løj, has applauded the commitment of Nigeria to involve more women in peacekeeping, saying it is an “important contribution to ensure better results on the ground, in fulfillment of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women and security.” She made the remarks at a colourful ceremony in Liberia's central city of Gbarnga at which she decorated 120 membe
Before we finally close the chapter on 2011, flipping a fresh page for a new beginning in 2012, let's not forget that the unresolved issues of 2011 and other past years are still in need of solutions.
UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) Alain Le Roy praised Indonesian peacekeepers` performance and urged Indonesia to involve police women in future UN missions.
Speaking to ANTARA News at the Jakarta-based UN Information Center on Thursday, he said women peacekeepers` presence was needed because there were always women among displaced people in the UN mission areas.
The head of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known by the acronym UNAMID, has called for an end to the latest round of violence – reportedly leading to several casualties – to affect a town in the Sudanese state of North Darfur.