Can Women Peacekeepers Stop Haiti’s Rape Crisis?

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An all-woman police unit from Bangladesh has been dispatched to UN headquarters in Haiti, to the relief of groups trying to curb the epidemic of rape in post-quake tent cities. “It’s a whole world of difference for women who have been victimized to see women police, and we see the reporting of cases of gender-based sexual crimes increase when they are there,” a UN worker said. I hope the UN releases some photos of them in the field; I love this picture of the UN’s first female peacekeeping force, which was sent to Liberia with similar objectives in 2007.

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