Peacekeeping and women's rights: Latin American countries rise to the challenge
Gibbons, Deborah E.
Baho, Sally M.
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United Nations peacekeepers did little in the 20th century to protect individuals, as they focused mainly on reducing large-scale conflict. Many of the nations in which peacekeepers served, such as the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, and Sudan, suffered under governments that intentionally and often viciously violated the rights of their own people. United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, rather than intervening to save civilians, had occasionally been perpetrators of violence, especially against women. Eventually, public pressure led the United Nations Security Council to pass a series of resolutions demanding protection for civilians and inclusion of women during peacekeeping operations. By June of 2014, about 4.5% of deployed UN peacekeepers were women, and UN mandates had begun to include protection of civilians.
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