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

Women at Work

Securing the Peace

(p.50) 3 Women at Work
Women in Blue Helmets

Lesley J. Pruitt

University of California Press

Chapter 3 explores the key responsibility of the FFPU—providing security—and how they have carried out this role in Liberia. The chapter shows how, while facing many challenges, the FFPU have nevertheless succeeded in doing a great deal to break down barriers to women’s participation in peacekeeping in particular and peace and security in general. Through their actions (and public recognition they earned), the FFPU have shown that women, including those working in women-only units, can meet and, indeed, exceed expectations in providing security, both in traditional law-and-order policing and in dealing with gender-based crimes. This is a direct challenge to discourses that represent women as victims in need of protection.

Keywords:   security, Liberia, peacekeeping, participation, women, post-conflict, discourse, protection, masculinity, femininity

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