65 Sierra Leonean army women will join the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia. This is a remarkable increase to the 2 women who were sent previously. We wish them best of luck and hope they get fair wages for their contributions and don’t have the same issues that others faced on a mission to Darfur.
Debra Liang Fenton a program officer at the United States Institute of this who conducted pre deployment training workshop with the army wrote this here:
An estimated 65 women are expected to deploy in an 850-person battalion this spring. Six nations provide the military component that makes up the bulk of the 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia, according to the AMISOM web site. Sierra Leone is one of those countries.
Female peacekeepers are important not only for communicating with women in the civilian population in conservative Muslim communities but also as role models…The government of Sierra Leone deployed its first battalion to AMISOM last year and developed a reputation for excellent work.
USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding conducted the pre-deployment workshop in Sierra Leone in partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program (ACOTA). Sessions focused on negotiation and communication skills, conflict analysis, mediation and protection of civilians.