Canada nearly lost 2018 UN mission because it didn’t have enough women in uniform

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-un-united-nations-sudan-women-soldiers-1.5467722

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Canada came within a whisker of losing its place in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the fall of 2018 because of the military’s inability to consistently deploy enough women to meet the world body’s guidelines. For the Liberal government, the political optics would have been horrible had the UN’s department of peacekeeping carried out its threat to “reallocate” the post in the critical international mission in South Sudan. The government has made the recruitment of more women for peacekeeping operations a policy priority — something that was mentioned prominently during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent tour of Africa, where he attempted to drum up support for Canada’s bid for a Security Council seat.