28 APRIL 2021
Liberia, Mexico, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone to tackle barriers to the deployment of women in peace operations with the support of the UN Elsie Initiative Fund
[New York] — The Elsie Initiative Fund, a UN Trust Fund, introduced immediately the first 5 international locations – Liberia, Mexico, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone to obtain monetary support to improve the participation of women navy and police in peace operations. It additionally invited Member States to ship letters of curiosity because it launches its second spherical of programming.
The 5 receiving international locations are in the course of of conducting an in-depth barrier evaluation to establish the obstacles to women’s choice and deployment to worldwide peace operations and to begin implementing their nationwide plans.
In addition, Niger and Senegal will set up nationwide rosters of eligible and skilled women navy and police personnel for deployment, whereas they are going to reinforce the recruitment of women in their nationwide safety establishments via focused campaigns. To deal with systemic and structural barriers, each international locations additionally dedicated to undertake and implement a gender equality coverage, technique and motion plan in their safety establishments to guarantee women have equal alternatives all through their profession and allow them to purchase the experience wanted to serve in worldwide deployments.
Mexico, a rotating Member of the Security Council serving in 2021 – 2022, has dedicated to figuring out the barriers that at the moment restrict the participation of uniformed women in UN peace operations; and to implement options that assist increase the coaching and significant participation of women inside their safety providers.
“Accelerating women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in security institutions is essential to ensuring they are representative, responsive and accountable to all. While some progress has been achieved, we estimate that it will still take 30 years to reach gender parity for military troops, 12 years for formed police units, 8 years for individual police officers, and 7 years for military observers and staff officers. Women cannot afford to wait this long,” stated the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, as Co-chair of the Fund.
“Institutional transformation is only possible when it is driven by leaders who create an enabling environment for women and who commit firmly to zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse, and an end to impunity for perpetrators”, she added.
The UN exceeded the 2020 gender targets set in the Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy 2018 to 2028 for navy observers and workers officers (19 per cent towards 17 per cent), particular person law enforcement officials (29 per cent towards 22 per cent) and fashioned police items (14 per cent towards 10 per cent) however it lagged significantly behind for navy troops (5.2 per cent towards 6.5 per cent), the latter class representing 84 per cent of whole deployments – virtually 70,000 in December 2020. Leadership positions in 2020 noticed one lady out of 13 Heads of Military elements (8 per cent) and 4 women out of 14 Heads of Police elements (28 per cent), in contrast to one of 16 (6 per cent) and one of 17 (5.8 per cent) respectively in 2015.
The prime 10 international locations contributing navy and police personnel deployed 46,000 officers, over half of the whole 80,000 current in UN peace operations in December 2020. Only simply over 2,700, averaging 6 per cent, have been women. Senegal, the highest police contributing nation in UN peace operations, has dedicated to deploy six gender-strong fashioned police items over three years topic to UN operational necessities, growing their deployment of women to up to 30 per cent by 2023.
Niger has dedicated to improve deployments of women amongst navy troops from a baseline of 0.5 per cent in January 2021 to 5 per cent in 2023, to double deployments amongst navy observers and workers officers from 11 per cent to 23 per cent and to improve to 50 per cent women police from 37 per cent.
“We need to transform our institutions to allow women to participate and contribute fully as part of our peace operations. The Elsie Initiative has been an essential partner providing space and resources necessary to this goal,” stated UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix.
The Elsie Initiative Fund seeks to speed up progress towards reaching the United Nations gender targets in line with Security Council resolutions and the Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy serving to shut the hole to parity. Created by the United Nations and Canada in 2019, it helps the sustainable deployment and significant participation of uniformed women peacekeepers by providing monetary help via challenge funding and/or offering a Gender Strong Unit (GSU) premium the place Member States deploy a considerable illustration of women amongst fashioned items or troops together with at command degree.
Thus, the Fund offers an necessary mechanism to motion a shared accountability in implementing the ten Security Council resolutions on women, peace and safety, in addition to decision 2538, adopted in 2020, devoted to improve the deployments of civilian and uniformed women. The latter known as for growing methods and implementing measures in safety establishments together with entry to info on deployment alternatives, coaching, identification of barriers to recruitment and deployment, improvement of nationwide databases, recruitment and the institution of incentives together with childcare.
Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom have contributed or pledged funds for up to USD 27.9 million. The goal to function the Fund throughout its five-year mandate is USD 40 million and the Fund is looking for extra contributions to meet its full potential with demand projected to improve.
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