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Women in Blue HelmetsGender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit$

Lesley J. Pruitt

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290600

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290600.001.0001

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(p.123) Appendix Interviews

(p.123) Appendix Interviews

Source:
Women in Blue Helmets
Author(s):

Lesley J. Pruitt

Publisher:
University of California Press

Interviews were conducted in New York and Washington, D.C. (USA) from September to October 2012, in Delhi (India) in October 2013, and in Monrovia (Liberia) from February to March 2014, as well as via Skype and telephone throughout the project duration. Interviewees included

  • Four current (as of September/October 2012) UN employees working in New York on peacekeeping who wish to remain anonymous

  • A former formed police unit (FPU) coordinator for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) who was working in this capacity in Liberia during the introduction of the first all-female formed police unit (FFPU) and during the second group’s arrival

  • Three former UN police advisers

  • A former UN special envoy (special representative to the secretary general) who was in Liberia from 2008 to 2012

  • Two former FFPU commanders, both of whom have returned to duties with the Central Reserve Police Force

  • One former senior official in Indian peacekeeping policy

  • One official from the research office of the Indian Police Service

  • Two Indian scholars whose work focuses on women in policing in India

  • The UN Police Division (UNPOL) police commissioner in UNMIL

  • The FPU coordinator in UNMIL

  • (p.124) The FFPU commander (India) in UNMIL

  • An FFPU officer in UNMIL

  • A female UNPOL officer (US) in UNMIL

  • A female UNPOL officer (UK) in UNMIL

  • Two female UNPOL officers (Bosnia) in UNMIL

  • A female UNPOL officer (Ukraine) in UNMIL

  • Two female UNPOL officers/regional commanders (Sweden) in UNMIL

  • An Office of the Gender Advisor representative in UNMIL

  • A special representative to the secretary general representative in UNMIL

  • A UN Women representative in UNMIL

Questions included topics such as:

  • How the idea for the all-female formed police unit (FFPU) had emerged and how the process of turning it into a reality occurred

  • Whether/what benefits were expected from or were thought to have occurred because of the introduction of the FFPU

  • What (if any) ways interviewees thought the FFPU might benefit women

  • What kinds of work the FFPU were/had been doing, and whether that work differed from work by colleagues in all-male or mixed-gender contingents

  • Whether any research had been done through the UN on the outcomes of the FFPU, and whether any research I conducted could be adapted to provide useful outcomes for the UN