Women peacekeepers from Bangladesh to protect Congo airport

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:58, Oct 02,2020 | Updated: 19:10, Oct 03,2020


A Bangladesh female police unit has been assigned to protect the N’djili International Airport at the Democratic Republic of the Congo during their peacekeeping duties under the United Nations.

The UN mission is better known as MONUSCO where the police officials said 81 female Bangladesh police officials and rankers were serving at the Bangladeshi contingent.

A Bangladesh official from the mission told New Age that a platoon of Bangladesh female policemen was deployed at the airport, also known as Kinshasa International Airport, a key point installation some 8,500 kilometre away from home.

This is first time in recent time when the female officials were given charge of the airport, the official added.

The police headquarters’ assistant inspector general (media and public relations) Sohel Rana told New Age that the Bangladesh platoon took charge of the airport from an Egyptian police unit on September 28 in rotation in United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo.

Bangladesh Police Women Network has stated in a statement that female members of Bangladesh Formed Police Unit serving with the United Nations Mission in DR Congo are inspiring other women in the communities. 

‘Responding to the challenges in implementing the UN Mandate in the field of gender issues, women and children affairs, Bangladesh Police has sent one Women FPUs in DR Congo (MONUSCO) where eighty-one female Bangladeshi police are serving as peacekeepers,’ the BPWN stated.

It stated they were proud to represent their country in UN peacekeeping overcoming initial difficulties in joining police including adjusting their family life and tackling the societal opposition to women in the police.

BANFPU 1, Rotation 14 commanding officer Merina Akter described how the role and responsibilities of female peacekeepers were indistinguishable to men whether it was carrying out administrative or operational duties.

‘This is a new experience for us to provide security to the airport of DR Congo in a UN peacekeeping mission,’ she said. ‘This makes us women more dependable and reliable to the communities we serve’.

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