Sexual Harassment & Abuse Against Peacekeepers

The WPS team at IPI is conducting research on the topic of the sexual assault and abuse of military and police peacekeepers in UN and AU Missions. This research is sponsored by the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations and will result in a report published by the Women, Peace and Security program at the International Peace Institute. This research is the first of its kind in attempting to gather a picture of patterns of sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated against peacekeepers.

Militarized institutions are often sites for sexual harassment and abuse. The authors of the study hypothesize, based on their previous research in similar environments, that sexual harassment and abuse is committed against military and police peacekeepers within peacekeeping missions, yet there has been almost no attention to sexual abuse of peacekeepers.

As part of this research, we are looking for former or current UN or AU peacekeepers of all genders to fill out an anonymous online survey. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes. You do not have to have personal experience of harassment or abuse to participate and you can share as little or as much about your experiences as you feel comfortable. We would kindly request your support for this research by asking you to circulate this survey widely across your networks.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to our research team for an individual interview, please contact Dr. Phoebe Donnelly (Research Fellow & Head of WPS at IPI) at