80,000 troops, staff officers and experts serve in UN missions across the
world. Of these, just over 4 per cent are women. The UN wants to increase this
share to 16 per cent, and then further increase it by one percentage point every year in the coming
under 10 per cent, Norway does not match the UN target either. Why is that? We
have spoken to three Norwegian officers serving in the UN. Meet them below:
|en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||en_245_trineinmali||/en/newsroom/trine-in-mali||/media/PubImages/IMG_1762-Trine-Minusma.jpg||Trine in Mali||As personnel officer for the UN in Mali, Trine Jørgensen gets close to a lot of people, cultures and nations. And death.||en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||http://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=135|
|en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||en_244_sandrainsouthsudan||/en/newsroom/sandra-in-south-sudan||/media/PubImages/IMG_7134-001.jpg||Sandra in South Sudan||How would you react if you had to spend a year in one of the most dangerous countries in the world? Sandra Tjørn was thrilled.||en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||http://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=134|
|en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||en_243_ireneinsyria||/en/newsroom/irene-in-syria||/media/PubImages/20190327th_I6190.jpg||Irene in Syria||The UN is returning to the Syrian side of the Golan. That suits Irene Vassli Forsjord perfectly. ||en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||http://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=133|
General Kristin Lund became the first female force commander in UN history when taking over UNFICYP in Cyprus in 2015. Now she commands UNTSO, the UN
mission in the Middle East.
believes the UN ambition is a step in the right direction – also for female
soldiers and officers.
serving abroad they challenge themselves and learn new cultures and ways of
doing things", Lund says.
also bring with them new ideas, knowledge and perspectives into operations, says Lund, and points out that female soldiers easier
make contact with local women in any area of operations.
cannot reach the entire population in our operational area, we won't have the information we need or have a full understanding of the situation."
Meet Kristin Lund, the UN's first female force commander:
|en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||en_241_kristinlunduntso||/en/newsroom/norwegian-officer-makes-nato-history/kristin-lund-untso||/media/PubImages/20190325tk_I5882.jpg||The UN’s Middle East correspondent||Right in the middle of the world’s most complex conflict is a Norwegian Major General. Luckily, Kristin Lund has been out in the storm before.||en_242_theunwantsmorewoment||http://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=129|