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Bangladesh's all-women peacekeepers

  • Published at 04:56 am September 17th, 2015

A group of 160 women from Bangladesh has become world's first all-woman United Nations peacekeeping force.

They are tasked with the United Nations' Stabilizing Mission in Haiti.

A documentary following those women premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.

Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoys, "Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers" documented the personal and professional struggles the women faced as they worked to defy stereotypes at home and abroad.

In the documentary, one of the peacekeepers describes: "Being a woman in police force is difficult. When I got selected for the mission my husband was totally against of it. He was very angry and he did not speak to me for a month and a half."

Another woman peacekeeper said: "As Bangladeshi women, we are able to change the perception of our country. We are hoping that the girls from our country will go even further in the future."

Peacekeepers are the blue-helmeted forces that the United Nations deploys to the sites of conflict zones and natural disasters around the world. They support democratic elections, work to restore law and order in the aftermath of calamities, re-integrate combatants and more, currently in sixteen countries around the world.