Monday, February 05, 2007

INDIAN WOMEN......... PEACE KEEPERS IN LIBERIA

Read this article in the BBC news and thought I would share it. makes me feel proud to be an indian woman. You read about the important jobs they hold all over the world and in space. I think all women should be proud.


A unit of United Nations peacekeepers with a difference has arrived for work in Liberia - they are all women.
More than 100 female peacekeepers from India are there to work as an armed police unit to help stabilise Liberia which, after years of war, is trying to rebuild its own police force from scratch.
Stepping off the chartered plane in immaculate blue uniforms and berets, the 103 women were immediately on parade and probably bewildered by the media frenzy.
It is just a coincidence that the first all-female peacekeeping force is in Liberia, the first African country to elect a female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Crime is high especially in Monrovia and the war has left a degree of violence simmering just below the surface.
Terrible reputation
But having served in turbulent areas, including parts of northern India, the commander Seema Dhundiya says they are well prepared.
"These girls are experienced and have been trained. They have worked in areas of India where there was insurgency. They will do a good job and the Liberian ladies will get motivated and inspired to come forward and join the regular police."

69 comments:

Kai C. 2:26 PM  

thats so cool

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Id it is 4:00 PM  

It's ironic that this post about female peacekeepers follows your earlier post on female models who go to obscene limits in order to to stay at an optimum weight and a specified figure measurement; both of which are established by a male dominated fashion world that sets and prescribes standards of female beauty!

Kudos to these Indian women who I hope will emerge as role models and empower women across the world.

Suji 4:03 PM  

Makes me feel proud too. :) Am here after a long time. Read all ur previous posts. Hope ur brother has settled down and that was a wonderful poem. Very touching.

Dawn....सेहर 4:07 PM  

WOW! good to see the bright side of woman :D
Awesome dear...it really will boost lots of spirits to all women!
Cheers

southpaw 6:47 PM  

Yes we are proud of them, 3 yrs back one of my female colleague was chosen to serve in the peace keeping force sent to kosovo, she died while clearing the mines.

Fuzzylogic 8:30 PM  

It makes me proud to be an Indian woman.More power to such brave girls!thanks for sharing this.

Ganesh Ranganathan 9:11 PM  

I Wish the peacekeepers best of luck for doing their job...

Srijith Unni 9:21 PM  

Really nice to know that, Starry..! People have been talking for long about how Indian Women in the army are playing a passive role.. This is surely a great step in this regard, by which women may gain more of an active role on the warfront and in combat.!

With Best Regards,
Srijith.

KK 10:08 PM  

Its surely very proud to see Indian women excelling in different fields.
A big salute to them :)

passerby55 10:11 PM  

All reasons for an indian woman to be proud of.

One such amazing person, who i have always admired it Kiran Bedi.

Lalitha thankyou for posting this one.

thankyou

smiley 1:52 AM  

good... that's great women peace keepers from india... makes me feel proud.
(note :their husbands will also be having a peaceful time in india :) )

Contented 3:48 AM  

Thats a great news. I wish them all for Good job out there...

Lotus Reads 4:02 AM  

Very inspiring, Starry, I'm going to share this with my daughters. Also, I'm so rooting for Liberia - they've been through so much misery with Charles Taylor, so sad that almost every family has had to sacrifice a child to his, what was it called, 'The Lord's Army'? I have heard their new President speak and she seems determined to bring peace and prosperity back to Liberia, I wish them the very best and really glad to see our Indian women playing such a big part in Liberia's return to peace.

Sanjay 5:42 AM  

I heard about this on BBC lat week. Amazing eh?

starry nights 8:03 AM  

Kai..I think so too.

starry nights 8:05 AM  

Id it is..I realized that when I was posting this.two posts about women.I think women as peacekeepers sheds more light on the power of women , now if they can only stand up and fight against the male dominated fashion industry to set weight limits it would be nice.

starry nights 8:05 AM  

Dawn..I think it will.

starry nights 8:06 AM  

Suji..Thanks.How are you doing.My brother is doing well and settling down in Bangalore.

starry nights 8:07 AM  

Southpaw..that is sad. I know it is a dangerous job and makes me even more proud of them to be strong enough to take up a task like this.

starry nights 8:08 AM  

Fuzzylogic..Thank you. could not let this go without sharing.I thought it was awesome.

starry nights 8:08 AM  

Ganesh..I do too.

starry nights 8:09 AM  

Srijjith ...Yes it is about time that women took an active role in the army also.

starry nights 8:10 AM  

KK..yes You see indian women holding different jobs in all fields and it is exciting.

starry nights 8:10 AM  

Passerby 55..I should read up on Kiran Bedi .

starry nights 8:11 AM  

Smiley..You are funny.don't know how peaceful they can be knowing that their wives are in the forefront.

starry nights 8:12 AM  

Contented..thank you.I am really proud of them.

starry nights 8:14 AM  

Lotus reads..I think every woman should read this and know that we all can make a difference in someones life . I am so happy that Liberia is making some changes.and am glad that Indian women are there to help.

starry nights 8:15 AM  

Sanjay..Yes I was so excited to read this.

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP 8:50 AM  

This is just great!! Really am so excited to hear this news...All hats off to them! :)

Alapana 9:27 AM  

Glad to have come here and read this,in the cynical world of today where mostly women are degraded or made to feel inferior to men in most of the professions or relationships these women set an example that they are not behind to anyone,they can be the best and they did so.
I sometimes forget bloghopping and keep loosing links,so now atlast am blogrolling you so that i can come here whenever i am free:) thank you for all your comments.

pria 9:28 AM  

Hats off to them starry.

polona 12:30 PM  

i wish the best for these brave women! you have a reason to be proud. :)

Asha 1:09 PM  

We are strong mentally and physicalyy to go through all the in India and survive!! We all need Medals!:))

Mystic Rose 1:52 PM  

the first African country to elect a woman? :) what abouthte rest of the world? boy..we are backward!
the world would bea much better place if only..:)
ok, im just being a feminist.

But yes, Glad tos ee that and am proud as well! hats off to those ladies! yay!

Mystic Rose 1:52 PM  

the first African country to elect a woman? :) what abouthte rest of the world? boy..we are backward!
the world would bea much better place if only..:)
ok, im just being a feminist.

But yes, Glad tos ee that and am proud as well! hats off to those ladies! yay!

Mystic Rose 1:52 PM  

the first African country to elect a woman? :) what abouthte rest of the world? boy..we are backward!
the world would bea much better place if only..:)
ok, im just being a feminist.

But yes, Glad tos ee that and am proud as well! hats off to those ladies! yay!

Mystic Rose 1:52 PM  

the first African country to elect a woman? :) what abouthte rest of the world? boy..we are backward!
the world would bea much better place if only..:)
ok, im just being a feminist.

But yes, Glad tos ee that and am proud as well! hats off to those ladies! yay!

brute 2:55 PM  

hip hip hurray :)

deepsat 7:10 PM  

wow!! thats amazing!! thanks for sharing!!

;-))

starry nights 7:32 PM  

scribblez..It was so nice to read this piece of news.

starry nights 7:33 PM  

Alapana..yes it is time we gave credit to women for all the things they do, and now as peacekeepers.

starry nights 7:34 PM  

Pria..yes hats of to them.They make their country and women all over the world proud.

starry nights 7:34 PM  

Polona..thanks.

starry nights 7:35 PM  

Asha..so true we are trained physicaly and I think it is the mental training that gets us through.we are able to tolerate and adjust to many different conditions.

starry nights 7:36 PM  

Mystic rose.I was thinking the same thing. we should be proud.

starry nights 7:36 PM  

Brute..thanks.

starry nights 7:36 PM  

deepsat..thanks.

Shiva 8:04 PM  

Yes. A reason to be proud of - Not new though! Have we not seen great warriors like Rani of Jansi, Rani Padmini, Rani Velu Nachiar, Kiran Bedi, Latika Saran, ...... Women have always excelled like men.

Keshi 8:35 PM  

wow I respect and honor these women cos it sure is a very rough and tough job for women to be doing!

Keshi.

Jeevan 12:25 AM  

True we should be very proud about our real heroines!! Hope our friends(Indians) will not only peace keep Liberia, we will try to keep our world peace.

Sunitha Williams is making histories in the space!!

ishita 4:24 AM  

i read this in the papers...had me feeling proud ... just as i am now...reading thru it again here...

Jac 10:25 AM  

That is something to be proud about !!

Hadley 20 days back I met a few Indian woman at the corridors of Le-Meridian Khartoum preparing to alight in a U.N. Peacekeeper's Bus that was heading towards Southern Sudan. But of course they were not in uniform (I dunno why?)probably working for logistics !!

Princess 10:14 PM  

Thanks for leaving a response in my space. :)

Women working for peace is a great thing to know. Women always do that may it be in home scale or nation wise.

May World Peace become reality.

-Aiz.

shruti 4:47 AM  

hi dear,
thast really great..
we indians are going to rock everywhere...
Good wishes to them...

Ghost Particle 7:39 AM  

yes read this in the sunday paper. this is indeed amazing! a message to the world.

Orchid 9:00 AM  

Thanks for sharing and yes it feels good to be a woman of Indian origin :)

starry nights 9:09 AM  

Shiva..thats true.forgot all about them.sometimes we need reminders.

starry nights 9:09 AM  

Keshi..so true.

starry nights 9:10 AM  

Jeevan..yes we are making headlines all over this world and in space.A time for all women to be proud.

starry nights 9:11 AM  

Ishita..thanks.yes it made me feel so proud too.

starry nights 9:11 AM  

Jac..they are everywhere.

starry nights 9:12 AM  

Princess. If only it could be a reality. welcome to my blog and I do hope you stop by again.

starry nights 9:13 AM  

Shruti..true.Indian women rock.

starry nights 9:13 AM  

Ghost particle ..thanks.

starry nights 9:14 AM  

Orchid. yes makes me feel proud.

Mumbai Guy 2:46 PM  

Proud moment for women, for good modern outlook. Indeed!!

Giva 4:44 PM  

This is great info to know.

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