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Jakarta Post

Women and peacekeeping missions

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Wed, July 20 2011   /  08:00 am

The article written by the chief of the Indonesian Military’s Peacekeeping Center, I Gede Sumertha KY, which was printed in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, July 12, is intriguing, if not discouraging to women in Indonesia’s armed forces.

In his article, Sumertha stated that: “The TNI [Indonesian Military] has attempted to meet the number of women personnel in its UN peacekeeping missions as regulated by the UN at a maximum of 10 percent of a total contingent. But, in practice, it has never been fulfilled because of two reasons: First, many women candidates have failed in the recruitment process because of minimal English skills and second, many of them are married and cannot get their husbands’ permission to join in a UN peacekeeping operation.”

What is striking is that the article showed women gaining roles in the international peace and security sector, while the ...