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Bangladesh produces world’s first all-women UN peacekeeping unit

The new documentary "A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers" tells the story of the first all-women, predominantly Muslim UN peacekeeping unit. (G2P2 Films/​SOC Films)

THE NEW DOCUMENTARY “A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS” TELLS THE STORY OF THE FIRST ALL-WOMEN, PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM UN PEACEKEEPING UNIT. (G2P2 FILMS/​SOC FILMS)

A group of 160 women has become the world’s first all-woman United Nations peacekeeping force, as well as the subject of a documentary,Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers. The women are assigned to the U.N.’s Stabilizing Mission in Haiti, where they draw harsh criticism for being inexperienced and unprepared. Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoys, the film documents the challenges faced by the women in their personal as well as professional lives as they seek to break new ground. One of the peacekeepers says: “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.” Another woman tells of her husband’s disapproval. He was very angry and he did not speak to me for a month and a half.”

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About hopegirl2012

Naima Feagin (HopeGirl) holds an MBA and a variety of business experience in corporate and government finance and small business entrepreneurship. In 2012, she left the corporate world to build an online business through blogging, marketing, teaching and a passion for humanitarian projects. In 2014 her stepfather designed and open sourced a free energy generator prototype. She traveled around the world building free energy prototypes and growing her online business. This is also when she met her partner Tivon. She has played a large role as a public spokesperson for her family’s free energy project. Hope and Tivon also sponsor a local community center for women and children. They are both American ex-pats that live and work together in Morocco.

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