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Jakarta Post

More female Indonesian peacekeepers, please

  • Fitri Bintang Timur
    Fitri Bintang Timur

    Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 9, 2018   /  03:53 pm
More female Indonesian peacekeepers, please Foreign Minister Retno LP Minister speaks before members of the Indonesian Peacekeeper's Mission Force. ( Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry/File)

The recent visit of Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to Lebanon to meet the Indonesian United Nations peacekeepers stationed in the Middle Eastern country has highlighted the government’s appreciation of female peacekeepers, who, Retno said, had raised Indonesia’s image. Recognition of women’s equal and full participation in upholding peace and security is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 adopted in 2000. 

However, the number of female Indonesian peacekeepers has grown marginally, from only 1 percent of the total number of personnel in 2009 to 3 percent in 2017, quite a shame for a country with a relatively equal male to female population ratio. 

Former chief of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) Peacekeeping Center (PMPP), I Gede Sumertha KY, said in an opinion piece published by The Jakarta Post in 201...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.