There are currently close to 11,000 UN police officers from 88 countries in UN peacekeeping missions; some 21% of individual officers sent by contributing countries are women. Here an Indonesian officer carries out a search of a camp for internally displaced people in South Sudan.
In South Sudan, women police officers serving with UNMISS regularly connect with women who have been displaced by the almost 5-year long civil conflict.
Such interactions can enable local people to understand their rights and get access to services.
Police officers are sent by their countries to carry out individual specialist tasks, but they also arrive in contingents known as Formed Police Units or FPUs. In South Sudan around half of the Rwandan FPU are women. Globally, in UN peacekeeping missions the number is just 7%.