Although the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda has its roots in the pacifist, anti-militarist struggle there is no doubt that women’s presence raises awareness of women’s issues in theaters of action, helps prevent sexual exploitation and abuse of the local population, and improves operational effectiveness.
On average, only 3 percent of the military in UN missions are women, and the majority of these are employed as support staff. This number has not changed since 2011, and has changed little from the 1 percent of women peacekeepers in 1993.
There are almost 7,000 international civilian staff in field missions, and less than 30 percent are women (and only 20 percent in senior management positions). Among national staff, which make up an even larger share of the workforce in missions, the percentage of women is only 17 percent.
Out of a total of 33 benchmarks adopted by five peacekeeping missions, none specifically referred to gender-specific issues or gender equality. Out of 105 indicators attached to these benchmarks, only 5 refer to gender issues, and of these most relate to sexual violence.
Expresses its willingness to incorporate a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations, and urges the Secretary- General to ensure that, where appropriate, field operations include a gender component
Requests the Secretary-General to continue and strengthen efforts to implement the policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations peacekeeping operations; and urges troop and police contributing countries to take appropriate preventative action, including predeployment and in-theater awareness training, and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel
Recognizes the role of United Nations peacekeeping contingents in preventing sexual violence, and, in this respect, calls for all predeployment and in-mission training of troop- and police-contributing country contingents to include training on sexual and gender-based violence, which also takes into account the distinct needs of children