Gender and Peace Operations

This series of papers examines the participation and perceptions of women in peace operations. Included in this series is an in-depth research on the experiences, needs, and concerns of women who have participated in UN peacekeeping missions. The papers aim to increase understanding of the gendered assumptions and stereotypes that can negatively impact the work of women peacekeepers; the potential double burden placed on women police peacekeepers when it is assumed that they will undertake tasks such as engaging with women in host communities on top of their regular responsibilities; and challenges such as sexual abuse that may dissuade women peacekeepers from deploying or redeploying. This series was produced with funding from the government of Canada’s Elsie Initiative.