UNAMID Police Commissioner calls for more women officers in peacekeeping missions

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Ms. Hester Paneras greets some fellow blue berets, members of the UNAMID Police (PHOTO@UNAMID)

More police officers are needed in United Nations peacekeeping missions in order to attend to the needs of women in conflict areas.

This is the view of Brigadier Hester Adriana Paneras, the Police Commissioner for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Brigadier Paneras, a South African police officer, was appointed Police Commissioner in June this year, becoming the first female police officer to be appointed to this position in UN missions.

UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with the Police Commissioner at UN headquarters recently to find out about the activities of UNAMID in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

Duration: 4'57"

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