Jolie paid tribute to servicemen and women for "their commitment and their sacrifice," before calling for more female peacekeepers, amid growing allegations of sexual assault by troops sent to areas of conflict.
The “quality and credibility of UN peacemaking," is being "undermined," Jolie said according to The Guardian. She noted the "few" but "intolerable cases of women and children being sexually exploited by the very people in charge of protecting them."
"The fact is that increasing the number of UN peacekeepers alone will not be enough to fix the conflicts we are experiencing," Jolie said. "It has to be accompanied by a new way of conducting peacekeeping. One that has the rights and protection of women at it’s heart."
Jolie stressed that adding more women, who account for less than 5 percent of UN peacekeepers, is essential to reshaping the UN's efforts.
"Peacekeeping forces can only gain and keep the trust of the local populations if they are able to engage with women as well men in that community," she said.
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