UNIFIL Female Assessment/Analysis Support Team (FAST) patrols in Rmeish

UNIFIL conducted its first all-female foot patrol with 10 female peacekeepers from six troop-contributing countries in Rmeish. Dec 13, 2017.

UNIFIL peacekeeper Lt. Col Ella Van Den Heuvel meeting a member of the community during the first all-female foot patrol in Rmeish, south Lebanon. December 13, 2017. 

UNIFIL Malaysian peacekeeper Major Syazwani, team leader, gives instructions to her fellow peacekeepers while patrolling in Rmeish, south Lebanon. December 13, 2017.

UNIFIL Ghanian and South Korean peacekeepers during the first the all-women foot patrol in Rmeish, south Lebanon. December 13, 2017.

UNIFIL peacekeepers salutes a Rmeish inhabitant during their first all-women patrol. December 13, 2017.

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18 Dec 2017

UNIFIL Female Assessment/Analysis Support Team (FAST) patrols in Rmeish

On 13 December, UNIFIL’s Sector West conducted an all-female foot patrol in Rmeish with the participation of a dozen peacekeepers from six countries – Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

Women’s contribution in peacekeeping operations has been of paramount importance in maintaining stability. Women peacekeepers have also been providing the local communities with valuable assistance through face-to-face communication and in the implementation of projects serving the local population. UNIFIL highly recognizes the important role women play in the armed forces of their own countries as well as their considerable contribution to peacekeeping missions.

“I think the value added from our female is really incredible. We are seeing it from this patrol and we hope to develop it further in the area of operations. Patrolling gives our female in uniform the chance to interact with the local communities”, says the UNIFIL Force Commander and Head of Mission Major General Micheal Beary.

Women peacekeepers’ role is also aimed at encouraging Lebanese women to join the military and to support the Lebanese Armed Forces’ initiative in recruiting women. “We want to encourage local women to join the military. We want to show them our presence as female in a peacekeeping mission”, says Major Syazwani, UNIFIL Malbatt peacekeeper.
Due to cultural norms it is recognized that women talking to women can be more welcomed, and rewarded by the local women.

UNIFIL hopes that such activities would ensure that the mission meets the expectations and needs of the communities it serves.

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Article: Suzane Badereddine, Zeina Ezzeddine
Video Editor: Suzane Badereddine
Video camera: CMS. Daniele Mencacci
Photo: Pascual Gorriz Marcos
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