More Women in Peacemaking
At a special meeting of the Security Council on October 18, the Secretary General reported on advances in women’s role in peacekeeping. For the first time there are five women heads of UN peacekeeping missions in five countries. Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland) has been appointed a special envoy and the first woman chief peace mediator (in the Great Lakes region of Africa). Women are still underrepresented, but this is a start. And women now form 64% of the parliament in Rwanda.