Indian Women Peacekeepers in Sudan

Indian Women Peacekeepers in Sudan

A contingent of 25 women peacekeepers and two women officers has been dispatched to Abyei region, a condominium which is shared by both Sudan and South Sudan, as part of a battalion to the United Nations Interim Security Force. This 27 women only member platoon will be India’s largest single unit of women peacekeepers in UN mission since the deployment of the first ever all women contingent in Liberia in 2007. India views deployment of women in the conflict-hit areas especially in Africa, where women and children are facing severe humanitarian concerns, can help more intervention to reach out women and children in local populations especially victims of sexual violence and displaced communities in the region. India is second largest troop contributing country into United Nations in the world after Bangladesh.

Abyei is an an area of 10,546 km² which located on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. The Abyei area is administered by an Executive Council which made up of representatives of Sudan Government and two factions of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is stationed in Abyei to protect civilians and humanitarian volunteers. UNISFA was established through United Nations Security Council Resolution 1990 in June 27, 2011 the same year of bifurcation of Sudan into two countries namely Republic of the Sudan and Republic of South Sudan.

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