Female Soldiers Fight Terrorists in Somalia
October 28, 2016: Approximately 500 women are serving in combat positions within Somalia as part of the Ugandan contingent of AMISOM, the 17,000-strong African Union force. In addition to battling the jihadist group al-Shabab, female infantry members work to prevent sexual violence and to promote gender equality. See the full story: Meet the Tank Girls Taking on al-Shabab (Foreign Policy)
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My Year in Africa: Why This Brazilian Woman Peacekeeper Wants to Return
September 13, 2019: Lieut. Comdr. Marcia Braga, left, a 45-year-old Brazilian naval officer, spent a year as a UN military gender adviser in the war-wracked Central African Republic, above. She called it “the most rewarding experience she has ever had.”
International Day of Peace September 21
September 13, 2019: 21 September marks the International Day of Peace, which was established in 1981 by a unanimous resolution in the UN’s General Assembly. To mark the day, Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and over 100 additional peacebuilding organizations from throughout the world issued a statement to United Nations Member States that brings attention to peace concerns.
First Sisters to become U.S. Army Generals
September 8, 2019: One sister had wanted to be a soldier since she was young; the other planned to have a career in the Foreign Service. Both marked a milestone for the U.S. Army this summer: Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are believed to be the first pair of sisters to become generals, the military branch’s highest category of rank.