Peacekeepers are exposed to a great deal of trauma in their daily work – and female peacekeepers from Rwanda say they simply aren’t getting the training they need to deal with this reality. They find it especially difficult to support and communicate with women who have experienced sexual violence and trauma.
In today’s episode of Pasha Georgina Holmes, a Leverhulme early career research fellow from the University of Reading, highlights the challenges these Rwandan peacekeepers face and offers potential solutions.
Photo: By US Army Africa SSP Goreth Mwenzangu, senior superintendent of police with the Rwanda National Police, speaks at the “Women in Peacekeeping” panel during the Shared Accord exercise 2018, Gako, Rwanda, August 22, 2018. The panel was composed of female service members, who have served on various U.N. missions, as part of a discussion about the importance of women as peacekeepers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrill). Flickr