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More Women In Peacekeeping

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will now apply a directive from the United Nations to have women participation in peacekeeping duties. RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga said it
10 Feb 2015 10:26
More Women In Peacekeeping

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will now apply a directive from the United Nations to have women participation in peacekeeping duties.

RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga said it was now a requirement that 10 per cent of all deployed persons be women.

“This is part of the gender equality of the UN on Millennium Development Goals by 2015 – To promote gender equality and empower women,” Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said.

“There is a real push from the UN and all other international organisations to ensure that 10 perecent of our deployed forces are made up of women.

“The reasons are also noble. As peacekeepers, they deal with all the members of the community in the areas they work in, many conflict areas there are lesser men but women and children, and they require women peacekeepers to deal with gender issues.

“The UN has recognised that in all conflict areas it has participated in now, it requires 10 percent of the contributing members to be women.”

The Commander said they now planned to recruit 100 women in March.

To start the process, he said they were getting them to the Territorial Force (TF), bring them in during weekend camps, bring them to atend professional courses and build them up to peacekeeping duties operation.

A lot of women had gone to our peacekeeping missions and it is now just a matter of pushing more for our peacekeeping missions.

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