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About Intervening in Vulnerable Societies: Gender in Military Peacekeeping of the Bundeswehr

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After seven years of opening up the German Armed Forces for women, it is time to summarize the current situation, equality measures and the situation of female soldiers. This is particularly interesting because of the increasing number of deployments which the Bundeswehr faces and will face in the future. The character of the German Armed Forces has changed from defense forces to intervention forces in the last ten years: National defense no longer means defending national territories, but defending the Western liberal democratic lifestyle which is perceived to be threatened by international terrorism and civil wars all over the world. The soldiers of today fulfill multidimensional tasks such as building schools, the coordination of civil and military relief efforts, the protection of threatened minorities and so on, as well as traditional combat missions in multinational NATO, UN and EU contexts (Geser 1996; UN General Assembly 2004).

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Violent Conflict Gender Perspective United Nations Security Council Front Stage Female Soldier 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Conflict StudiesPhilipps-UniversityMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Helmut Schmidt-UniversityUniversity of the BundeswehrHamburgGermany

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