U.S. Efforts to Promote Women, Peace, and Security in Peacekeeping
Women are pivotal in ending conflicts and promoting sustainable peace and security. Because women and men experience conflict differently and understand peace differently, both need to be involved in peace and security efforts. Recognizing the significant impact of conflict on women and the important role that they play in peace operations, the United States is committed to promoting women, peace, and security objectives through our Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI).
The integration of a greater number of female peacekeepers can strengthen the effectiveness of peace operations by helping to: address the needs of female ex-combatants during the process of demobilization and reintegration into civilian life; interview survivors of gender-based violence; make the peacekeeping force more approachable to the entire population. In addition, women peacekeepers can help gain a fuller perspective on local women’s concerns and needs and they can serve as role models to empower local women.