As part of a UN peacekeeping mission, Rwanda has sent a full female unit of 85 officers to South Sudan.
The officers will be working towards organizing public order through humanitarian assistance, escort duties, crowd control, and protecting UN facilities. The group of officers will be headed by the first woman to lead a Rwandan contingent, Teddy Ruyenzi, assistant commissioner of police.
This deployment works towards the UN resolution that calls for governments to have more female peacekeepers abroad. Studies support this notion showing that women face less cultural restrictions than males and are more accessible to gain information from women and children.
Rwanda is also one of the leading countries contributing troops and police to UN peacekeeping missions.
“The female peacekeepers that were deployed are well trained in handling victims of gender-based-violence and offering counselling services to the afflicted, as well as handling their daily peacekeeping and policing assignments,” – Emmanuel Kabanda, the director of public relations at Rwanda National Police