More female troops needed in UN peacekeeping operations

More female troops needed in UN peacekeeping operations

Illustration. Garuda TNI contingent at the TNI Peace Maintenance Mission Center, Sentul, Bogor, West Java, 08/31/2018. (ANTARA PHOTO/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Increasing the number of female troops in the UN peacekeeping operations in conflict-torn and post-conflict countries is one of the issues considered in political declaration related to peacekeeping force, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.

The number of female peacekeeping troops is very small, accounting for 3 percent of the overall peacekeeping troops," the minister said in New York on Monday.

In fact, most of victims in each conflict and post-conflict incident were women and children, she said.

"Traditionally, they feel more comfortable to contact with women," she said.

At a meeting of female foreign ministers held in Montreal, Canada, some time ago, they also wanted an increase in the number of female troops in the UN peacekeeping operations.

Increasing the representation of female troops in the UN peacekeeping operations is one of the themes for the political declaration in the Global Peace Summit held by the UN to mark the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, she said.

The minister also highlighted the issue of rising exclusivism and ultranationalism which pose a new challenge for the UN to create peace and justice.

Without justice for the entire mankind, it is difficult to create peace. For its part, global leadership is needed, she said.

"This is the challenge faced by the UN so the international organization should dedicate itself to global leadership this year. We cannot create peace by relying on the leadership of one or two countries but we need global leadership," she said.

Reporting by M Arief Iskandar
Editing by Suharto, Andi Abdussalam

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