Women are deployed in all areas – police, military and civilian – and have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, including in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women’s rights.
In 1993, women made up 1% of deployed uniformed personnel. In 2020, out of the more than 85,000 peacekeepers, women constituted nearly 5% of military contingents, 11% of formed police units, and 34% of justice and corrections government-provided personnel in peacekeeping missions. While the UN encourages and advocates for the deployment of women to uniformed functions, the responsibility for deployment of women in the police and military lies with Member States.
Today, the UN is actively working to bring more women into peacekeeping efforts around the world. The 2028 target for women in military contingents is 15%, with a goal of 25% for military observers and staff officers, and one in five in police units.