UN peacekeepers are currently serving on 14 missions worldwide and two top women UN Peacekeeping leaders have shared their thoughts in the Huffington Post for International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March every year. This year the occasion is calling for  everyone to make pledges to end violence against women and girls.

Meet them and read their essays here:

“A Promise Is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women”
–Karin Landgren, Special representative, United Nations Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia

“Empower the Women of the World’s Youngest Nation — South Sudan”
–Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General in South Sudan

 Find out more about how women contribute to peace in this video.

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