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Ethiopian Government Commits to Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping

February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019: The Ethiopian government has vowed to enhance women’s participation in the military, police and the civilian services of the United Nations Peacekeeping.

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, speaking at the opening of a two-day Preparatory Meeting on Women, Peace and Security with the Canada authorities and the United Nations (UN) in Addis Ababa recently, stated that, “Ethiopia welcomes the progress made in mainstreaming the agenda perspective in the works of the UN.".

She further said that the collaboration of the African Union (AU) and the UN should focus on ensuring the active participation of women and women’s groups in peace processes, conflict prevention, resolution, and peace building activity, and promotion of women’s human rights.

Currently, more than 7500 Ethiopian peacekeepers are serving under the UN Blue Helmets. The country is proud of being one of the leading contributors of female peacekeepers with more than 600 deployed under UN Peace Keeping Missions.

Read more: Ethiopian government commits to enhancing women’s participation in peacekeeping (africandailyvoice.com)

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