The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, has lauded female soldiers for their immeasurable contributions and talents towards world peace and security at the female’s convention on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at Burma Hall, Burma Camp.
In a speech delivered by the Chief of Staff (COS) Major General Oppong Peprah on behalf of the CDS, he emphasized that, the successes chalked over the period by female counterparts has won international admiration that deserves recognition and accolades.
He acknowledged the first president of Ghana Dr Kwame Nkrumah who anticipated a wider role for female and took important steps to promote gender equality. To this end, he instituted the Directorate of the women’s Auxiliary Corps to oversee the affairs of women in the Armed Forces.
He further stated that, it is noteworthy that the Armed Forces today has adopted the concept of deploying women in various roles other than the traditional female roles women were relegated to. He added that, the contributions of females both home and abroad, particularly their contribution to United Nations Peace Support Operations (UNPSO), have attracted global attention.
To this end, he said female soldiers have been employed in all three services to take up roles such as engineering and construction, communications, intelligence and policing to better equip them and also take up command appointment.
Brig Gen Constance Edjeani-Afenu in her goodwill message thanked the CDS for granting their request for a land to be used for the construction of a recreational centre for their children. She encouraged women to remain discipline as expected of a professional soldier “We cannot have double standards and expect to be treated equally as the men in one breath” she said.
Sharing their experiences, some of the pioneers of Intake 23 Maj Leticia Reindoff rtd- Directorate of Public Relations, Lt Col Mary Akuamoah – Directorate of Education and Comfort Ntriwah rtd, urged all present especially women to be bold wherever they find themselves and also love the job they do since that was the only way they could attain greater heights.
Brig Gen Lise Bourgon from the Canadian team, Elsie Initiative congratulated all females for their immersed contribution to GAF and UN Peace Operation. She revealed that Ghana has proven itself as an able country and placed second among the ten top countries contributing to peace operations.
Present at the conference were serving and rtd officers, pioneers, the Sister Security Services, Elsie Initiative team, Civilian employees and some students from Presbyterian Senior High School Osu.