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Equal Opportunity PeacekeepingWomen, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States$
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Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190602420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190602420.001.0001

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Perspectives on Discrimination, Protection, and SEAHV in the UN Mission in Liberia

Perspectives on Discrimination, Protection, and SEAHV in the UN Mission in Liberia

(p.113) Chapter 6 Perspectives on Discrimination, Protection, and SEAHV in the UN Mission in Liberia
Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping

Sabrina Karim

Kyle Beardsley

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the experiences of the UN Mission in Liberia peacekeeping personnel with regard to discrimination, the gendered norm of protection, and sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and violence in their day-to-day activities. It provides a firsthand account of female peacekeepers’ own experiences in the mission. The female peacekeepers suggest that they make a unique contribution to the mission, but they also highlight challenges such as not being able to leave the base, meet other women, and interact with locals. The end of the chapter concludes with a survey analysis of how locals perceive female peacekeepers. It finds that interactions with female (as opposed to male) peacekeepers may lead individuals to feel safer.

Keywords:   discrimination, protection, sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and violence, UN Mission in Liberia, Liberia, local, female peacekeepers, peacekeeping

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