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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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Increasing Women’s Participation in Peace and Security

Increasing Women’s Participation in Peace and Security

(p.100) 6 Increasing Women’s Participation in Peace and Security
Women in Blue Helmets

Lesley J. Pruitt

University of California Press

Chapter 6 considers the possibilities and limitations for women’s participation in peacekeeping. It recommends understanding the FFPU as an alternative to gender mainstreaming, perhaps as a temporary special measure. FFPUs could be developed alongside existing efforts to expand gender-integrated peacekeeping forces. FFPUs appear to be a step in the right direction, though it is important to recognize that they should not be expected to solve all the problems women face when it comes to peace and security. Moreover, a shift in understanding is needed away from seeing women as super-heroines who are naturally adept at solving the problems necessary for peacekeeping. The effective pursuit of peace requires work from both men and women, including peacekeepers, policy makers, and practitioners, as well as the broader society.

Keywords:   alternative, policy, gender mainstreaming, temporary special measure, integration, peacekeeping, women

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