The Quick Reaction Force Unit of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is composed of 90 members, including 13 pilots, ASU (air support unit) maintenance teams, medical personnel and marines.
Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, visited the Bentiu Field Office of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Mr. Ladsous was briefed by Field Office leadership on the security and humanitarian situations and toured Bentiu Protection of Civilian (POC) site.
Pamela Helaga (right), Police Public Information Officer with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), visits a woman's home at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp near El Fasher, Sudan.
Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Gender Advocacy Officer with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), speaks with members of the local community during in Mbomou, Central African Republic.
The Elsie Initiative Fund
Designed and established with the support of the broader Canadian Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations, Member States, the UN system and peacekeeping experts, the Elsie Initiative Fund is an important step in encouraging and funding innovation to accelerate the pace of change in security institutions and to enable more uniformed women to meaningfully deploy to and participate in peace operations.
It seeks to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations Security Council’s declared target of doubling the rate of women’s participation within police and military contingents by 2020 compared to 2015.
The Elsie Initiative Fund’s structure is detailed in the Elsie Initiative Fund’s Terms of Reference (TOR) 2019-2024 (renewable) available in English, Français and Español.
Between 2007 and 2017, the number of uniformed female peacekeepers remained very low; the pace of change was also very slow: % of female military peacekeepers grew from 2% to 4.9% % of female police peacekeepers grew from 8% to 15%.
Who is ‘Elsie’?
Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ Muriel Gregory MacGill, Order of Canada (O.C.), was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1905 and was diagnosed with polio in her 20s.