More female police needed in peace operations, urges UN Chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) on his way to a meeting with Ramtane Lamamra (centre right), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Algeria, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

More female police officers are needed to serve in United Nations and African Union peace operations, the UN Secretary-General said in an appeal to African Chiefs of Police on Monday in Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

Ban Ki-moon said the move would help prevent and address sexual violence in conflict, which disproportionally affects women and girls.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Police play an essential role in fighting abuse the UN Chief said during a meeting on the role of security organs in ending violence against women.

He recalled how in Liberia, the UN sent an all-female police force in the west African nation back in 2007.

"When we sent women, a complete women police force, then women came out, reporting. I had this and that stories. And then, it's much easier for women police force to investigate what had happened. I am asking dear police chiefs, prime ministers and ministers. Provide more women."

The initial goal of the United Nations was to have 20 per cent of its police female by 2014.

The UN Chief said he was not able to meet this target and asked the dignitaries present to be "more helpful".

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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