Film Launch on the Role and Impact of Female Police Officers in Peace Operations and Panel Discussion on Advancing the Global Effort to 20% by 2014 - sharing best practices in the recruitment of female police officers for international peacekeeping
New York, USA
October 22, 2010
Part I: Introduction
On October 22nd, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN DPKO) organized a panel discussion on Advancing the Global Effort: 20% by 2014 - sharing best practices in the recruitment of female police officers for international peacekeeping featuring some of the leading female police-contributing countries. At the same time the PPC launched the film entitled The Needed Ones on the role and impact of female police officers in peace operations. The event represented a unique opportunity for the PPC to showcase and add to the body of work undertaken to date on the role and impact of female police officers in peace operations.
Recent years have seen rapid developments in international law to address women, peace and security issues. Following the adoption of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in October 2000, UNSCRs 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) and 1889 (2009) were adopted. These resolutions are key in recognizing the critical need to strengthen the body of international law that seeks to protect the rights of women and girls during and after conflicts. These resolutions are equally important in terms of recognizing women's equal participation and full involvement at all levels of peace processes.
UNSCR 1325 is the first comprehensive document to come out of the Security Council, which recognizes that women bear the brunt of armed conflicts, and thus should have a commensurate role in their prevention and resolution. It demonstrates a commitment by the UN and member states to incorporate gender perspectives into peace operations activities, to increase the number of women in peace operations, including police, military and civilian, and to include gender-sensitive and sexual and gender-based violence training in missions.
From October 19 to 29, 2010, special activities surrounding the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security were organised in New York by the UN (including the Security Council), NGOs and permanent missions to the UN. The panel discussion and film launch were conducted as part of these celebrations and in view of the October 26 Security Council Open Debate on UNSCR 1325.