Lebanon: International Women's Day

(To Greater Defense)

On the occasion of 'International Women's Day the staff of the Italian contingent in Lebanon wanted to recall the importance of resolution 1325 "Woman, Peace and Security".

La gender advisor (gender consultant) of the Italian contingent lieutenant Sara Turato, on the mandate of the commander of Sector West of UNIFIL Brigadier General Massimiliano Stecca, brought together a representation of the female staff of the units making up the entire Contingent to underline the importance that resolution 1325 had and has in the UN and international sphere.

With this Resolution, the United Nations calls for greater participation and representation of women at all levels of the decision-making process together with an indispensable gender perspective in post-conflict processes and in peace support operations.

The female staff of the Italian contingent in Lebanon, 5% of the total force, hold positions of command and responsibility in every sector, also providing indispensable support in relations with the female realities of Southern Lebanon, in particular in the education, health and of small business.

The role of women in peacekeeping it was also mentioned by the UNIFIL command and by all foreign units employed by the Sector West.

The Italian mission in Lebanon is currently led by the "Pozzuolo del Friuli" cavalry brigade, in its sixth term in the "Land of the Cedars" with the colors of the United Nations, which is responsible for West Sector of UNIFIL in which 3800 UN peacekeepers operate from 16 of the 46 contributing countries to the UN mission and of which about 1.000 Italian soldiers are part of.

The Italian Blue Helmets operate in Lebanon with impartiality and transparency, close to the Blue Line (blue line), the demarcation line with Israel, to ensure stability in the area for over 15 years, monitoring the cessation of hostilities, assisting and supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and providing support to the local population.

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