ALL-WOMEN BANGLADESHI PEACEKEEPING UNIT DEFIES STEREOTYPES


ALL-WOMEN BANGLADESHI PEACEKEEPING UNIT DEFIES STEREOTYPES

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Women from Bangladesh have responded to ’the UNs call for more women to serve as peacekeepers, forming an all-women unit that was deployed to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010.

They are, according to the Huffington Post, one of just three all-women peacekeeping units in the world today.

Peacekeepers-BTS-Images-F-2The UN’s 100,000-plus force of peacekeepers has been criticised for lacking women on the force, said the report.

The Bangladeshi women unit’s unlikely formation is documented in a new film titled “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers” that premiered this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

CPxRuyzWoAEvSblThe film’s co-director and producer, Geeta Gandbhir, explained that she was attracted to the unit’s story because it “challenges stereotypes of South Asian women and particularly Muslim women.”

The report said the women in the unit are their families’ breadwinners, leaving their husbands and children at home.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

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