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UNFICYP makes case for more women peacekeepers

Women peacekeepers often become role models in local communities


A female lieutenant with UNFICYP says local concerns are consistently heard and addressed with more women peacekeepers on the ground.

The senior medical officer, who appeared in a video posted on Twitter by UN Cyprus on Monday, said women make a difference on the ground.

“Women peacekeepers often become role models for the communities we serve,” said the medical officer.

'Women peacekeepers often become role models for the communities we serve,' said the medical officer

Earlier this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced for the first time in UN history that a peacekeeping mission is being led by all women.

That mission, the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), is under the leadership of Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Major General Cheryl Pearce, the Force Commander, and Ann-Kristen Kvilekval, Senior Police Adviser.

“Together, these three women oversee more than 1000 military, police, and civilian staff supervising the ceasefire line, maintaining the buffer zone, and working to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots,” a UN statement said.

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