The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command kicked off 2019 with a milestone in the history of its participation in peacekeeping missions: Female officers joined the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French) for the first time. The IV Contingent of the Peruvian Engineering Company deployed to Africa on January 14 for one year.
A total of 205 officers of the Peruvian Armed Forces comprise the contingent, which includes 20 womenó11 from the Army, six from the Navy, and three from the Air Force. Aside from having the first group of female officers to join MINUSCA, the unit has the highest number of female officers deployed in the same contingent.
The Joint Command seeks to increase female participation in non-war military operations, in line with United Nationsí (UN) recommendations. The contingent also includes officers from the three branches of the Armed Forces to equally benefit from the experience.
For most people, going abroad is a personal experience that marks the professional life,î Peruvian Army Colonel Carlos S·nchez Silva, head of the Peacekeeping Operations Unit of the Joint Commandís Office of International Affairs, told Di·logo. ìIt increases personal capacity. Itís a great opportunity, especially to get our female personnel further involved.