Joint Protection Teams: A Model for Enhancing Civilian Security

Tobie Whitman | November 2010

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Joint Protection Teams (JPTs) are a promising model for advancing protection efforts by peacekeepers currently being used by the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By promoting contact between peacekeepers and the local community, bringing civilian expertise to inaccessible areas, and increasing the number of women involved in protection efforts, JPTs are an encouraging tool. However, by refining and enhancing the JPT approach more can be done to promote engagement with local women to combat sexual violence and to enhance peacebuilding. This policy brief highlights the keys to success for promoting women’s engagement in peacekeeping using JPTs in the DRC and other conflict-affected regions globally.

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