The Women in Blue Helmets (Paperback)

Gender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit

By Lesley J. Pruitt

University of California Press, 9780520290617, 176pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

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The Women in Blue Helmets tells the story of the first all-female police unit deployed by India to the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia in January 2007. Lesley J. Pruitt investigates how the unit was originated, developed, and implemented, offering an important historical record of this unique initiative. Examining precedents in policing in the troop-contributing country and recent developments in policing in the host country, the book offers contextually rich examination of all-female units, explores the potential benefits of and challenges to women’s participation in peacekeeping, and illuminates broader questions about the relationship between gender, peace, and security.

About the Author

Lesley J. Pruitt is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Praise For The Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit

"Pruitt’s work prompts deeper reflection on questions such as whether there is a ‘right kind’ of gender mainstreaming, what the premises actually are for female participation, and how small changes can contribute to larger transformations. It is therefore a highly recommended read for any feminist or peace scholar."

— Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding

"[Presents] valuable insights into the ongoing deliberations regarding the rationale for and political implications and assessment of the role of female peacekeepers."

— International Affairs