India says it deployed nearly 3000 police officers In 24 UN peacekeeping operations; seeks safe working environment for women
India has paid rich tributes to all its women and men peacekeepers, including the 14 police officers who died in the line of duty to UN peacekeeping, of which India is a major contributor
India has paid rich tributes to all its women and men peacekeepers, including the 14 police officers who died in the line of duty to UN peacekeeping, of which India is a major contributor.
Speaking at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on the contribution of United Nations Police to Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, the country's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, R Ravindra, said that India deployed about 3000 police officers in around 24 UN peacekeeping operations around the world.
"India remains an active participant in UN deliberations on women empowerment and gender mainstreaming issues, supports the Secretary General"s call to action for accelerated implementation of the WPS agenda in Action for Peacekeeping (A4P), and A4P+ priorities, Ravindra said.
"Indian women police officer Shakti Devi, who was deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, was awarded the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award in 2014 for her contribution in the creation of a Women's Police Council in Herat (Afghanistan)," Ravindra added.
He said more targeted actions are needed to identify and address the structural problems that prevent increased numbers of uniformed women.
India also highlighted the need to improve barrack facilities and related working conditions; provide equal opportunities for women, and implement a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and abuse to create a safe working environment (SAM)