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Naupoto Wants More Women To Join Military

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said one of the main tasks during his tenure was to recruit more women. According to the
21 Jun 2016 11:55
Naupoto Wants More Women To Join Military
Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto during the welcoming ceremony yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said one of the main tasks during his tenure was to recruit more women.

According to the Commander, there is a United Nations requirement to have women in 10 per cent of the forces participating in peacekeeping duties.

A UN release highlighted a shift in UN policy to engage more females in peacekeeping operations and affirmed the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, negotiations, peacekeeping, humanitarian responses and post-conflict reconstruction.

It also stressed the need to integrate a gender perspective in these areas, including in peacekeeping operations.

Rear Admiral Naupoto said infrastructures would also be put in place at the Queen Elizabeth’s Barracks (QEB) in Nabua to cater for women in the army.

Reacting to queries on RFMF decreasing its peacekeeping deployments to Sinai, he said the least number they were looking at was 150.

“Any numbers below that would mean we will not be controlling them,” he said.

The Commander said the RFMF would like to be in control of its troops on peacekeeping missions.

 

 

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