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Women in Blue Helmets – Gender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit - California Scholarship Online
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Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit

Lesley J. Pruitt


This book tells the story of the first all-female formed police unit (FFPU) deployed in UN peacekeeping. The 105 members of this FFPU were recruited from India’s Central Reserve Police Force, a paramilitary police force. They were then deployed to Liberia, which was recovering from a fourteen-year civil war. In reporting on how the first FFPU was conceived, developed, and implemented, this book is an important record of this unique initiative. By examining precedents in policing in India (where the force’s members came from) and recent developments in policing in Liberia (where the force was d ... More

Keywords: peacekeeping, policing, United Nations, India, Liberia, gender, women, participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290600
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesley J. Pruitt, author