Women Police in UN Peacekeeping: Experiences and Contributions to Peace

On November 5th, IPI together with the Government of Canada, Peace Is Loud, and the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the UN Department of Peace Operations, cohosted a policy forum on “Women Police in UN Peacekeeping: Experiences and Contributions to Peace.”

During the annual UN Police Week, this event brought together UN police (UNPOL) officers and representatives from member states and civil society. Participants reflected on the experiences of women UNPOL officers deployed to UN peace operations and their contributions to implementing Security Council resolutions, including the women, peace, and security agenda.

The discussion was framed by a clip from the 2015 film A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, which follows three women UNPOL officers in an all-female formed police unit deployed from Bangladesh to Haiti as UN peacekeepers for one year. The police commissioner from the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) also specifically highlighted the role of UNPOL in the peace process in South Sudan.

Opening remarks:
Assistant Commissioner Paula Dionne, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Speakers:
Mr. Nirupam Dev Nath, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN
Ms. Geeta Gandbhir, Film Director, A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
Mr. Luis Carrilho, Police Adviser, UN
Ms. Unaisi Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

Moderator:
Dr. Sarah Taylor, IPI Senior Fellow, Women, Peace and Security Program