Incoming UN Secretary General Works to Increase Representation of Women
Although the U.N. champions gender equality worldwide, within its own ranks few women are found in high level positions. As of December, out of 45 of the U.N.'s most senior postings only 13 are held by women. The U.N. has also made a "big push" for more women peacekeepers, which according to it's own research is a key ingredient to long-term success. But as of August 2016 only 4,336 of the U.N.'s total 101,167 peacekeeping troops were women. Incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres has declared the intention to close the gender gap and has already begun to take steps in naming cabinet officials. See the full story: Can Antonio Guterres Finally Break the U.N.' s Glass Ceiling? (chicagotribune.com)
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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel
May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)
A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy
May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.
Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership
May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.