British troops on a UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.

UK Aims To Increase Number Of Women On UN Peacekeeping Operations

British troops on a UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.

The Defence Secretary has announced new measures to try and increase the number of British women on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. 

Penny Mordaunt announced that by 2028, women should make up at least 15% of UK personnel on UN peacekeeping missions.

Other targets include allowing British women, deployed to the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, to take part in mixed gender patrols.

She also announced that at least 6% of patrol personnel in Cyprus should be women.

British troops in Nicosia, Cyprus, on a UN peacekeeping mission.
British troops in Nicosia on a UN peacekeeping mission.

Ms Mordaunt also said the Ministry of Defence will launch a study to identify any possible barriers to women joining peacekeeping operations. 

Speaking at a commemoration event of peacekeepers at the Cenotaph in London, Ms Mordaunt said: "Our Armed Forces already provide an invaluable contribution to peacekeeping operations both by protecting vulnerable women and empowering them to help bring about lasting peace.

"Having women in these roles is absolutely vital."

The UK currently has 600 personnel deployed on UN peacekeeping operations around the world, including approximately 270 in Cyprus and 300 in South Sudan.