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Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts

August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018: U.S. Army Africa is collaborating with its African partners to increase the ability of peacekeepers to protect civilians in an increasingly dangerous field environment meeting congressional, United Nations, and African Union mandates to protect civilians.

“One of the measurements of success for peacekeepers lies with the effective protection of civilians,” U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marci T. Hodge, a peace operations analyst specializing in women, peace and security with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, told the training audience during exercise Shared Accord 2018 in Rwanda. “Research has found that when women are more involved in the peace process the agreement is 35 percent more likely to endure for at least 15 years. So, women are essential to peace and security.”

Read more: Female Participation Strengthens Peacekeeping Protection Efforts (defenceweb.co.za)

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