Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Interesting experiment by the UN

Female peacekeepers in LiberiaThe UN is trying something new in Liberia. The conflict-torn country is being patrolled by the first ever all-female peace-keeping force. Liberia, as you may recall, is one of the countries in which UN forces had been accused of sexually exploiting the inhabitants they were supposed to be protecting. Hardly reassuring if you are a woman in a country where rape is already the most prevalent of crimes.

The UN's response was innovative and effective. The Indian contingent arrived in 2007, and it is probably no coincidence that female enrollment in the Liberian police force has climbed since then. That can only be good news for the women and children of Liberia, who obviously have not been able to count on effective protection in the past. And it is always encouraging to see something that actually seems to be working.

Note: I'm closing this post to commenting because of excessive enthusiasm on the part of spammers. Email me if you have something vital to say. ;o)


G. said...

I saw this yesterday or the day before via Yahoo!, but didn't have a chance to read up on it, and actually, did not realize the force was already deployed. I was thinking it was something to come.

This is really kind of awesome, and I'm interested to see, not only how it fares as time elapses, but where else it might be readily applied, as well. Too cool.

G2 said...

P.S. Is there any way to have an email sent for when you/others respond, too? I get the ones now, when you post, but was wondering if anything could be done to track followups, too.

Charlotte said...

What a fine idea!

fdmillar said...

Dear Janet - Thanks for your comment on my group blog. I am encouraging cross-postings to bring people of faith together, not just Quakers. It was rather difficult dealing with MySpace, they wanted a signup, so I am posting this here. I am impressed with your range of topics. Feel free to contribute or cross-post to mecteam.blogspot.com
David Millar


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