Bangladesh To Send First Female Peacekeeper Unit To Haiti
By Dialogo May 14, 2010Bangladesh will send its first all-female contingent of police officers on a United Nations peacekeeping mission, to help with reconstruction in quake-devastated Haiti, police said Thursday. "A 110-strong battalion of female peacekeepers, will fly to Haiti on May 15," police spokesman Shyamol Kumar Mukharjee told AFP. "We will become the second country ever, after India, to deploy an all-female peacekeeping contingent," he said, adding his country was "happy" to be able to help with the post-quake reconstruction effort. The South Asian nation agreed to send additional peacekeepers to Haiti in January when the UN requested help after the massive earthquake struck. Another 100 Bangladeshi male peacekeepers will be deployed on May 19, and will join a 20-member team that is already in place, Mukharjee added. Bangladesh, which makes the second-largest contribution to UN peacekeeping missions after Pakistan, has over 1,600 police currently deployed in seven countries including Sudan, East Timor, the Ivory Coast and Liberia. Since 1989, when the Bangladeshi police force first sent its officers on a UN peacekeeping mission, in Namibia, the total number of police who have served overseas stands at 6,369.